Use this guide to plan a family holiday trip to the museum this season
Wondering how to entertain the family this holiday season? Consider taking a trip to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. The museum is open Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesdays) and general admission is always free. We’ve got the inside scoop on everything the museum has to offer this season. Use this guide to plan a family day or weekend trip to Crystal Bridges.
10-11 a.m.: Take a walk through “Architecture at Home”
Start a Crystal Bridges visit by parking at the lot off J St. and taking a walk down to the museum entrance via the Orchard Trail. Along the path, discover five prototypes for contemporary homes as well as R. Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome. Visitors can enter each structure and learn more about the building, research and design of each. It is free to view.
11 a.m.-noon: Have lunch in Eleven
Stopping for lunch in the museum’s restaurant, Eleven, is an experience within itself. Located on one of the bridges, visitors can enjoy floor-to-ceiling views of Ozark nature under Jeff Koons’ “Hanging Heart.” Their lunch menu includes original takes on southern food such as a creamy collard melt, crispy catfish sandwich, and pork and grits. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.