Jill M. Rohrbach
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
opens today changing the arts and cultural landscape of Arkansas and the nation. Be a part of the fun and head to the Bentonville square today, 11-11-11, for a commemoration of Veteran’s Day, and the opening ceremonies for Crystal Bridges. Music starts at 10:30 a.m. with the ceremonies beginning at 11 a.m. The first set of timed ticket holders will be allowed to enter the museum at 12:30.
While the museum is free, timed tickets must be reserved now through Jan. 1 because of the large crowds flocking to the museum in its first weeks. 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 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.”
From the setting and architecture to the masterpieces hanging in the galleries, this is a premier art institution you don’t want to miss seeing.
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.