The mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. We explore the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting, interpreting, and preserving outstanding works that illuminate our heritage and artistic possibilities.
Opened to the public on 11-11-11, Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation as a nonprofit charitable organization for all to enjoy. Philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton chairs the museum’s board of directors. Since its opening, the museum has welcomed 3.5 million visitors, and garnered 15,000 membership households. Some 200,000 school children have participated in the museum’s Willard and Pat Walker School Visit program, which provides educational experiences for school groups at no cost.