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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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4.8/5 based on 2,800+ reviews on the web
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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  • Gorgeous! The museum was very comprehensive of many genres and eras. The outdoor paths provided a really exceptional way to enjoy the whole environment. 
  • This museum has it all- interesting architecture, great location and last, but not least, beautiful art. I saw plenty of famous paintings of and by famous people, but my absolute favorite painting was...  read more »
  • wonderful American art. Thank you Walton family.for sharing your art with the world. Be sure to walk the trails also. 
  • A very cool museum with a variety of beautiful art. The "Four Seasons" sculptures outside are really creative and interesting. Take a few extra minutes to enjoy the art walk outside too. And if you're in town for a while, Bentonville has a beautiful network of nice walking / running / biking trails.
  • If you are not a white person age 45 or older I would skip this museum on your trip. I was targeted within 10 minutes of being inside the door and my bag was checked for size. Upon meeting the size requirements by two guards they then told me I wasnt carry my bag properly to go inside the museum. Upon switching my backpack to one shoulder like they asked they then stepped closer and told me I could not enter because of my brand on backpack because they are capable of holding a water bladder. I then informed then my backpack was not holding any water within it and they still refused entrance to me. They told me we would have to remove my backpack/purse in a locker or within my car. By the 3 violation we were pretty much over it, feeling singled out and quite unwelcome...we left. Im not sure if it was a youth thing (we are 27) or a race thing because I am of African American decent but I was very hurt by the way their staff kept inspecting us as if we were going to "do something" or "destroy something". SKIP IT!!! Only bad visit on our trip to Arkansas.
  • No doubt the most elaborately designed art facility I've ever visited. The collection of American classics are unforgettable to see in-person. There's also abundant hiking trails in the woods all around the museum. Great for the whole family.
  • For someone who lived in major cities for many years, it was surprising to find such a great collection of American art in Arkansas. Moreover, the collection is not just a random smattering of one-offs collected at art auctions, but reflects a cohesive vision to provide a good grounding in American art from throughout the nation's history. The galleries require time and reflection, so don't expect to do this is an hour. The grounds are also amazingly beautiful and combine outdoor sculptures with the natural wonders of the Ozarks. Spend the day, starting with the museum, then hiking a couple of trails and lunching in the woods. It is well worth the trip if you're going to be in northwestern Arkansas, and for some it is worth a special trip to Arkansas just for the museum (so I've heard).
  • Great American art collection. Previous to attending I didn't realize it was American only, so that took an adjustment of expectations. Staff made the experience. The seasonal heads were my favorite. The free admission bumped it to 5 stars.
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