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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Reflect on some of the country’s greatest artists as you wander the galleries of this elegant modern museum spread across pretty waterfront pavilions.

The magnificent Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville celebrates artists and artworks of national significance in its sleek and modern galleries. You’ll be treated to a masterpiece in contemporary architecture as you explore the museum complex. See American artworks ranging from colonial times to the modern day, wander around the sculpture garden or discover the museum’s surrounding nature trails.

Officially opening on Nov. 11, 2011, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art was founded by philanthropist Alice Walton, the daughter of the founder of Walmart. Enter the museum’s main lobby and make your way through a series of glass-and-timber pavilions, admiring the architecture of Moshe Safdie. The world-renowned architect incorporated the museum’s main pavilions into glimmering glass-paneled bridges over the complex’s ponds as a reference to the museum’s name.

Make your way through the main gallery. You’ll see a portrait of George Washington by Charles Willson Peale, as well as notable works by Asher Durand, George Bellows and Norman Rockwell. See 20th-century masterpieces by Chuck Close, Jasper Johns, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. Check out the museum’s rotating selection of temporary exhibitions, as well as touring exhibits, some of which have traveled from the Louvre in Paris.

As you wander from pavilion to pavilion, enjoy quiet moments outdoors looking out over the still pools of the spring-fed ponds, such as at the Walker Landing plaza. Order lunch at Eleven, the museum’s restaurant, and peruse the items for sale in the Museum Store, designed by Marlon Blackwell. The museum’s library contains more than 50,000 volumes of art books and documents.

Take a stroll along the museum’s pretty pathways, which lead through the sculpture garden and the 120-acre (48.5-hectare) grounds.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is located a 20-minute walk through the spacious museum grounds northeast of downtown Bentonville. The museum is free to enter and drop-in workshops and lectures are available for children and adults. Some programmed events and exhibitions may have an admission fee. The museum is closed on Tuesdays, as well as Christmas and Thanksgiving.


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21c Museum Hotel Bentonville - MGallery £146
21c Museum Hotel Bentonville - MGallery

21c Museum Hotel Bentonville - MGallery

200 Ne A St, Bentonville, AR
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Walmart Museum and Walmart Headquarters. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.

    South Walton Suites £85
    South Walton Suites

    South Walton Suites

    1120 South Walton Blvd, Bentonville, AR
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Bentonville, this spa aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Peel Mansion And Historic Gardens and Walmart Headquarters. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

      The Victoria B & B £165
      The Victoria B & B

      The Victoria B & B

      306 N Main St, Bentonville, AR
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown, this bed & breakfast is within 2 miles (3 km) of Compton Gardens and Conference Center, Walmart Headquarters and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Lawrence Plaza Ice Rink & Splash Park and The Walmart Museum are also within 10 minutes.

        New! Completely Remodeled Retreat <1 Mile to Dwtn
        New! Completely Remodeled Retreat <1 Mile to Dwtn

        New! Completely Remodeled Retreat <1 Mile to Dwtn

        821 Northeast A Street, Bentonville, AR
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Compton Gardens and Conference Center and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Walmart Headquarters is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) away.

          Little House on Crystal Bridges
          Little House on Crystal Bridges

          Little House on Crystal Bridges

          825 NE A St, Bentonville, AR
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown, this historic holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Compton Gardens and Conference Center and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Walmart Headquarters is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) away.

            Renoed Cottage @ Heart of Bentonville's Attractions
            Renoed Cottage @ Heart of Bentonville's Attractions

            Renoed Cottage @ Heart of Bentonville's Attractions

            608 North Main Street, Bentonville, AR
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown, this historic cottage is within 1 mile (2 km) of Compton Gardens and Conference Center and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Walmart Headquarters is 1.5 mi (2.3 km) away.

              TE I OGE Modern Comfort by Trails & Museum Located on Quiet Street
              TE I OGE Modern Comfort by Trails & Museum Located on Quiet Street

              TE I OGE Modern Comfort by Trails & Museum Located on Quiet Street

              1009 N Main St, Bentonville, AR
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the centre of Bentonville, this family-friendly holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Park Spring Park and Compton Gardens and Conference Center. Walmart Headquarters and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Steps To Downtown Bentonville IV £135
                Steps To Downtown Bentonville IV

                Steps To Downtown Bentonville IV

                801 NW B St, Bentonville, AR
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown, this holiday home is within 2 miles (3 km) of Park Spring Park, Walmart Headquarters and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Compton Gardens and Conference Center and Lawrence Plaza Ice Rink & Splash Park are also within 15 minutes.