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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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  • This museum is in the most beautiful setting. The architecture is designed to repeat the hills and dales of its setting plus the treed grounds. The artwork is first rate. The various galleries offer v...  more »
  • Went for Chihuly exhibit but ended up touring the entire place. The only thing we did not do was go inside the Frank Lloyd Wright house they have on display there. We didn't realize you have to buy th...  more »
  • The buildings, grounds and trail system all combine to create a beautiful, world class art venue. The permanent collections are stunning, augmented with special art exhibits that change from time to t...  more »
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  • This place is beautiful! The architecture is a work of art in itself and the exhibits are nothing short of awe inspiring. There are numerous trails that show off the natural beauty of the area and there are various works of art and sculpture along the path. The food is good if you choose to eat there and the gift store has a wide variety in all price ranges.
  • This is the best place to go to enjoy great American Art. The facility is well designed and all the galleries flow from one to the next. Don't forget to stroll the gardens outside. Every staff member I asked for help was very knowledgeable or knew who to call to get help. It's a great value and I highly recommend.
  • You could easily spend 2 or more days here. One of the most amazing FREE museums I've ever been to, I think it surpasses even The Yale Art Museum, and that's a tall order. Thank you to all the families who donate time, money, land and more to share this wonderful place with strangers, truly a gift and a shinning display of human kindness and love
  • It was a beautiful and very well put together museum. Everything from the artwork to the architecture was fabulous. The picture is from a stairwell where thousands of strings were intertwined around the curve of the stairs. Just so you know, the picture does it no justice.
  • Beautiful location. Loved the Chihuly exhibit! Volunteers are extremely helpful. Food in Eleven Lunch Room was exceptional! I will definitely be back.