Jill M. Rohrbach
I am so excited about the opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on 11-11-11 that I’ve decided to blog about it every day until then. If you don’t know much about it, come back every day to learn more about what you can look forward to.
is located in Bentonville
in northwest Arkansas and the Ozark Mountains Region of The Natural State. Its mission is “to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of landscape. We explore the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting, interpreting, and preserving outstanding works that illuminate our heritage and artistic possibilities.”
General admission to Crystal Bridges is sponsored by Walmart. In other words, it’s free to view the permanent collection because of their generosity. If you’re planning to visit in the first three months the museum is open you will need reservations. That won’t always be the case, but Crystal Bridges is anticipating large crowds the first several weeks from the opening on. So, between Nov. 11 and the first week of January 2012, you should reserve timed tickets in advance. The reservations guarantee your access to the museum at the designated time you plan to be there.
You can schedule your timed tickets right now by reserving them online
or by phone at 479-418-5700.
Crystal Bridges will be open Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The museum will be closed on Tuesdays. It will also close on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The trails are open from sunrise to sunset each day.