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. Make Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art part of your personalized Bentonville itinerary using our Bentonville travel route builder.
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  • We were told by several people that this was the best - we found the exhibits to be very random - not themed as you go through the museum. There was an abundance of modern art which is not what we...  more »
  • World class collection. Exquisite and fun art in every media that won’t disappoint. Check out the easily hiked outdoor artwalk paths appropriate for all ages. Nice coffee and gift shop and great...  more »
  • A lot of art to view here. Plenty of unique installations that rotate from time to time. The frank lloyd wright home is worth the wait, just make sure you get the free tickets ahead of time so you...  more »
  • This is my second trip to Crystal Bridges. It is impossible to describe this place in words, but I will try. First, the building and grounds are a architectural masterpiece. The grounds are surrounded with beautiful gardens, trails, fountains, and sculptures. Inside the museum you will be amazed by the hundreds (maybe thousands) of paintings and sculptures from the 1500s to present day. The use of color and texture excite your senses and imagination. The images take you back to a simpler time in America when greats such as George Washington and Alexander Hamilton lived. Anyone with an appreciation of art will love this museum.
  • Crystal bridge was like a diamond among.. Well, I can't say rough, but maybe other smaller diamonds. The trail leading to the place was beautiful, well kept, and with plenty of the side amenities and art work. Then when we reached this place we were thoroughly surprised. Both classical American artworks and contemporary were available for viewing, and it was absolutely free. There was an art piece that was temporary available we missed out, as we didn't budget a 12 dollar ticket, but the coffee there was nice. There's a really nice fine dining area too. Oh, and the workers were fantastic, very knowledgeable, and fun to talk to. All-in-all, highly recommended, and well be going back.
  • This place was absolutely amazing! The architecture of the building and the location is just surreal! There are several walking and bike paths that you can take as well. This place offers many exhibits, a children's play area, coffee shop, and full restaurant. I would make reservations at the restaurant as soon as you arrive to ensure you get to eat in a timely manner. I would plan to spend around 4-5 hours here to get the full effect of everything. This place is really well done and something the whole family can enjoy. Plus it is absolutely FREE! There are multiple parking locations available with a shuttle running back and forth between the furthest lot and the museum. Everything is ADA compliant and handicap accessible.
  • What a wonderful gem in northwest Arkansas! Architectural beauty in the way the museum of American art is situated on a lazy creek, plus the bonus of a Frank Lloyd Wright designed house on the grounds. Many American artists and works that you’ll recognize, plus many that you won’t. A great little coffee bar, nice restaurant Eleven, ample parking, and a trail system that will keep you walking all the way into the town of Bentonville if you like. This is a gift from Alice Walton that will be a beautiful legacy for not just Arkansas but for the entire country for decades to come.
  • Amazing. You don't always need money to have a great time. This is a free museum with a great collection of art. There's even a kid play area half way through the exhibits yo let your little one unwind and do some art of their own. Bring a pack lunch and enjoy it at the large cafe area before walking the exhibit.

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