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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville
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Celebrate the legacy of U.S. artists and their work, from colonial to contemporary, at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Architect Moshe Safdie designed this museum to unite natural elements from the ravine where it was built with the structure of the museum itself, which opened in 2011. Spend time relaxing on the pavilion beside spring-fed ponds or gazing at masterpieces. From Rothko, Rockwell, and Lichtenstein paintings to Charles Willson Peale’s portrait of George Washington, the museum’s permanent collection does not disappoint. Travel through time and place as you move through the collection, which is laid out in chronological order, and enhance your experience by visiting the equally inspired temporary exhibits. To visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on your holiday in Bentonville, and find out what else Bentonville has to offer, use our Bentonville itinerary builder.
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  • Beautiful museum buildings and staff were very helpful. There are outside galleries of sculpture as well as the usual inside spaces. The Frank Lloyd Wright house was a bit of a walk through the museum...  more »
  • Worldwide travelers can agree that Crystal Bridges is top of the line, state-of-the-art museum! The superb collection is well thought out and precise time-specific, the architecture will leave you spe...  more »
  • Amazing art and building!Art came from all over the world and it is all free!Came on a Sunday and even got to see the traveling Dance exhibit for free! 
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  • Such a cool museum - especially with the free admission! My husband has been to tons of museums in his lifetime, and he said this one was one of his favorites with the awesome architecture of the building and the gorgeous views it provides of the fall foliage outside. Loved the art inside as well as the sculptures outside. Would definitely recommend a visit here!
  • Wonderful. Great art, great architecture. Miles of hiking trails. There Is a Frank Lloyd Wright house on the property to tour. The original Rosie the Riveter. O'keef. Lots of art
  • This was my first visit to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and I was thoroughly impressed. The outdoor trails are meandering, well maintained and engaging on many levels. Today's weather was perfect for exploring the outdoor areas, but we wanted to see inside as well. Before hitting the galleries, we visited the restaurant, "Eleven" to rest and refuel. I ordered the beans and cornbread. It was just as delicious as anything I've ever eaten! I crumbled the Southern jalapeno cornbread in with the the smoky beans and that perfected the whole meal for me. Afterward, we strolled through several of the galleries and marveled at the variety of offerings from American artists. I particularly liked the displays of Native Americans. I am amazed that just a wonderful facility and grounds is available to the public free of charge. It is truly a treasure.
  • Sprawling museum and nature park, has both amazing artwork and fantastic views. The Frank L Wright house is a neat tour. Museum restaurant and gift shop both offer attractive reasons to stop by. Parking is spacious and well equipped with disability accessibility.
  • Amazing collection of beautiful art. If you are remotely interested in paintings and art, this is a no-brainer. You HAVE to visit this place. There is a lot of contemporary modern art, however my favorite part was the historic art. Don't miss the astonishingly detailed statues!