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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  • BEAUTIFUL!! The building itself is a work is art. It feels like you're walking in nature. You must walk the trail from 21C to the museum. It's breathtaking! The art is exquisite. Simply beautiful! 
    BEAUTIFUL!! The building itself is a work is art. It feels like you're walking in nature. You must walk the trail from 21C to the museum. It's breathtaking! The art is exquisite. Simply beautiful!  more »
  • We took the architectural tour which was quite interesting. Unfortunately, the guide talked quite fast and although she had a microphone the speaker was facing behind her so I had to step away from... 
    We took the architectural tour which was quite interesting. Unfortunately, the guide talked quite fast and although she had a microphone the speaker was facing behind her so I had to step away from...  more »
  • Crystal Bridges is an awesome gift from Alice Walton to Bentonville visitors. There is no entrance fee to the museum, only special exhibits. The museum is extraordinary, food at Eleven delicious and....  more
    Crystal Bridges is an awesome gift from Alice Walton to Bentonville visitors. There is no entrance fee to the museum, only special exhibits. The museum is extraordinary, food at Eleven delicious and....  more »
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  • A lovely way to spend several hours. I was fortunate enough to visit when school had started so the galleries were not overcrowded. The buildings and surroundings are almost as wonderful as the art contained inside. Lots of staff to answer questions. Was able to get tickets to the Frank Loyd Wright house so I took that self-guided tour. South Stopped for a glass of wine in the restaurant and enjoyed the music at happy hour in beautiful surroundings. As I was leaving I noticed many locals out taking advantage of the many trails and walking areas around the museum. Could not be better!
  • Wonderful art museum. And the staff were fantastic. I missed out on getting a (free) ticket to see the Frank Lloyd Wright house, so they let me see one of the paid exhibits for free instead. The Dirty South special exhibit was challenging and thought provoking and very well produced. The art galleries were well laid out in (mostly) chronological order, with plenty of room for everyone who wanted to get up close to the artwork.
  • This is our second time visiting this museum as we live out of town. We LOVE coming here. There is so much to do and see. We love going to the special exhibits. This is genuinely the only museum I’ve been to that has brought out different kinds of emotions through the different styles of art. This will always be a destination for us when visiting Arkansas. Also, we got in free with military discount!
  • We arrived at the museum just before it closed so we only got to see two galleries of art, but each work was exceptional. You don't have rooms full of one painter, but get to see a wide variety of work from some of the best American artists from across the country. We can't wait to come back to see the rest of the museum. While we were closed out of the museum, there was still time to explore the beautiful park just outside. It was mid-spring and the flowers and redbuds were in full bloom. I strongly suggest spending some time walking through the gardens and art installations surrounding the Crystal Bridges Museum.
  • One of my favorite places! We are so lucky to have this caliber of museum in Arkansas. The grounds are beautiful and the artwork is world class!!! Be sure to walk the grounds and take in the sculptures scattered among nature as well as the interior exhibits. Take time to enjoy the experience!

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