Financed by the Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas is not only trail-blazing for its art collection that mixes modern works of Warhol and Rockwell with 19th century classics. Its portfolio of meeting spaces designed by architect Moshe Safdie is just as ground breaking.
The 300 pax Great Hall offers soaring pine ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Surrounded on three sides by water, the Great Hall offers breathtaking views of Crystal Bridges restaurant bridge and upper pond. The lobby at the south entrance to the museum is the perfect location for attendees to congregate as they arrive.
The 200 pax South Lawn, a grassy swath adjacent to Crystal Spring, is the perfect place for an outdoor reception, which permits tent set up. The extensive grounds offer ample outdoor options that include trails, overlook points and two shelters. The museum’s restaurant Eleven available for events, offers modern American comfort food in a setting as vibrant as its menu that showcases favorites from the South and Midwest, prepared with an innovative twist.
Crystal Bridges also offers three function rooms that make excellent meeting spaces, ideal for smaller groups. These rooms are located on the lower level of the museum, and open onto Walker Landing. The function rooms may be rented separately or together and can be combined to make one larger room.