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About the Momentary

The Momentary is open with reduced capacity.


Momentary main entrance

You Belong Here

The Momentary is a new contemporary art space satellite to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in downtown Bentonville.

Situated along the Razorback Regional Greenway near 8th Street Market, we’ve transformed a decommissioned 63,000-square-foot cheese factory into a multidisciplinary space for visual and performing arts, culinary experiences, festivals, artists-in-residence, and more.

The mission of the Momentary is to champion contemporary art’s role in everyday life.

The Momentary was founded by the Walton family, based on the vision of Tom, Olivia and Steuart Walton. The Walton Family Foundation is supporting this project as a way to enhance the quality of life in Northwest Arkansas. Its commitment to cultivating arts and cultural experiences provides more opportunities for education, engagement, and enjoyment in our region.

Explore the galleries, catch a performance, enjoy a savory bite or refreshing drink, or just hang out. The Momentary welcomes all with free general admission.

Crystal Bridges and the Momentary acknowledge and pay respect to the Osage, Caddo, and Quapaw people and elders past, present and future, offering deep gratitude to the ancestral land and water that supports them. We also thank and acknowledge those Indigenous people who live and work in our communities today.

Our hours

Tue—Sun 10 am—7 pm
Mon Closed
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.


Beer, Bites, and Bocce Ball

Lean into those summer vibes and join us on the Momentary Green under the Canopy for Beer, Bites, and Bocce Ball!

Beer and light snacks such as chips and salsa, walking tacos, and more, will be available for purchase. Hang out at picnic tables under the shade of the Canopy or spread out a blanket on the Momentary Green and soak up some sunshine with a cool, refreshing beverage. Learn more.

Beer, Bites, and Bocce Ball Hours (weather depending)
Fri 4 pm—11 pm
Sat 11 am—11 pm
Sun 11 am—4 pm

The BreakRoom

No need to take a break from the art—grab a bite or a special drink in this social space located off Gallery 1. It’s a fast-casual restaurant rooted in the idea of modular eating, highlighting the best moments of our region. The design of the Breakroom features a combination of both hard and soft seating, allowing visitors to enjoy food and drink simultaneously with art. It is aptly named as it was the location of the original breakroom in the cheese factory the Momentary occupies.

Breakroom Hours
Tue—Sun 11 am—7 pm
Mon Closed

Tower Bar

Stellar views, better cocktails. Loosely inspired by 1960s airport lounges, the Tower Bar is a high-flying social space offering wine, beer, craft cocktails, and bar snacks in the evening, plus the best views in Bentonville.

To maintain proper distancing, seating is limited in the Tower Bar to 40 guests. Service is offered tableside only, first come, first served. Upon arrival, head to the North Entrance of the Tower, and our host will add you to our queuing system, which will notify you via text message when we are ready for your party. Once you are alerted that your party is ready to be seated, head back to the elevator where an operator will help you queue. Parties are currently limited to 10 people.

MO Friend and Insider-level members can enjoy coffee service and snacks during the day. Ages 21+ starts at 5 p.m.

Tower Bar Evening Hours
Tue—Thu 5 pm—10 pm
Fri—Sat 5 pm—12 am
Sun—Mon Closed

Daytime Hours (for MO Friend and up members only)
Tue—Sun 10 am—5 pm
Mon Closed


We know you love patio drinks. The RØDE Bar, located off the RØDE House with a walk-up outdoor window. Grab a glass of beer, wine, or select cocktails and snacks, and enjoy the summer weather on the open pavilion of the Arvest Bank Courtyard.

RØDE Bar Hours
Wed—Thu 5 pm—9 pm
Fri 4 pm—11 pm
Sat 11 am—11 pm
Sun—Tue Closed

Onyx Coffee Lab

Same great coffee, great new location. Sit inside or outside on Onyx’s lovely patio. There’s even an outdoor walk-up window for ordering and pick-up!

Onyx Coffee Lab Hours
Tue—Sun 10 am—5 pm
Mon Closed

Our Space

The Momentary’s architecture tells its own story. The building, formerly a cheese plant, was repurposed into a contemporary art space by Wheeler Kearns Architects. The team approached this as an adaptive reuse project, meaning they kept most of the existing building intact, only adding elements when necessary. In this way, they minimized their carbon footprint and use of materials while preserving a piece of Bentonville history.

A map of our spaces can be found here.

The Galleries

Your visual arts playground. These large, open spaces feature art and exhibitions that change throughout the year, plus unexpected happenings.

The Tower

Hang out in this 70-foot-tall space that contains multiple mezzanines for visual arts, performances, and social events.

Momentary Green

So much room for activities! This spacious outdoor area is ideal for picnics, social gatherings, and more art exploration. Music festivals are also held here. Park your bike and join in the fun.

RØDE House

Enjoy music, film, performances, and more in this space featuring an adjustable floor system. One minute it’s a movie theater, the next it’s a runway! The possibilities are endless.

Fermentation Hall

Aptly named in honor of our cheese factory heritage, this hall is a state-of-the-art black box theater with a variable sound system, high ceilings, and great acoustics — perfect for immersive, intimate performances.

Momentary Shop

Your one-stop shop for original Momentary merch, prints by featured artists, and other unique gifts you won’t find anywhere else.

Box office

Located at the main entrance, the Box Office is your resource for tickets, schedules, program details, and any other information you may be seeking.


A limited number of wheelchairs and walkers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, at no cost. These items can be requested from Box Office staff in the Lobby.

What’s up with your arrow pattern?

Thanks for noticing! This arrow pattern, featured on the exterior glass of the Tower, the Container, and main entryway, was created by Oklahoma-based artist Addie Roanhorse. A member of the Osage Nation, Roanhorse took inspiration from Osage attire to create the pattern, paying homage to the history of the land around the Momentary. With this artwork we invite all to think about the Indigenous peoples with a connection to Northwest Arkansas.

Catch a Ride

As part of our efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, shuttle service has been suspended. We apologize for the inconvenience.