Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is a beautifully designed art museum in Bentonville, AR. The museums’s noteworthy collection contains important works from a broad swath of American artists, from Colonial times up to the present.
The first thing you notice upon arrival at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is the museum itself. The design, by architect Moshe Safdie and engineer Buro Happold, is a piece of art in and of itself.
The stunning glass-and-wood design is nestled around two spring-fed ponds in the forest. Two bridge pavilions stretch out over the water to give the museum its name. This winning combination of nature and design make for an inspirational experience. The Crystal Bridges facility includes galleries, meeting and classroom spaces, a library, sculpture garden, and a glass-enclosed gathering hall that can hold up to 300 people.
Crystal Bridges also has a store, restaurant, coffee bar, outdoor event spaces, and nature trails. A number of the trails on the grounds lead to downtown Bentonville.
Alice Walton and the Walton Family Foundation founded Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in 2005. If you’re thinking: “I wonder if that’s the Walmart Waltons?” give yourself 5 points. Crystal Bridges collection of more than 500 paintings and sculptures owe their exhibition here in the Ozarks to the success of Walmart.
What kind of art will you see at Crystal Bridges Museum? All kinds!
Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection contains works from the Colonial era to today. That’s 500 years of American art! The museum includes major works from Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Rauschenberg, Janet Sobel, Jackson Pollock, and others. Norman Rockwell’s “Rosie the Riveter” is here, along with Andy Warhol’s “Coca-Cola,” and Asher B. Durand’s “Kindred Spirits.”
The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions throughout the year, as well as special events and concerts. Whether you’re a fan of art, architecture, or just visiting fascinating places, you’ll enjoy a visit to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
600 Museum Way, Bentonville AR
Open Year ’round except on Thanksgiving and Christmas
Sat-Sun: 10am to 6pm | Mon: 11am to 6pm | Tue: CLOSED | Wed-Fri: 11am to 9pm
Crystal Bridges Trails and Grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset and during museum hours.
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