Whether you are looking for amazing sculptures and the latest visiting art exhibits or simply want a beautiful place to walk and enjoy nature, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is the place to go in Northwest Arkansas. And of course, you don’t want to miss the Bachman-Wilson House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright!
Covid-19 Reminder: Currently the Museum is open with timed entry reservations. Call ahead or check the website before showing up to visit.
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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Northwest Arkansas is Crystal Bridges American Art Museum and it doesn’t take very long once you arrive to understand why.
The mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. Crystal Bridges takes its name from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building, designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. Sculpture and walking trails link the Museum’s 120-acre park to downtown Bentonville, Arkansas.
Niijima Floats, 2017: I love finding Chihuly art when I’m visiting museums. These colorful floats are on display in the museum’s Upper Pond, near the Great Hall.
Another Chihuly sculpture that was created specifically for Crystal Bridges, Turquoise Reeds and Ozark Fiori is installed near the bridge on the Art Trail.
When you take the nature trails, you are treated to many sculptures around every bend. Make sure you take your time and enjoy fun photo opps and views.
There are multiple trails to explore at Crystal Bridges. On this trip we took the Art Trail which features several outdoor sculptures, an amphitheater. The Art Trail also connects the Museum’s south entrance to the Crystal Bridges Trail.
Crystal Bridges has an impressive selection of art in the permanent galleries. The galleries include American masterworks and works from the colonial era to today.
What exhibits are coming next? Click here for information on future exhibits.
Don’t miss the Bachman-Wilson House when you visit Crystal Bridges! Read all about that Bachman-Wilson House here.
Connect with Cyrstal Bridges
600 Museum Way
Bentonville AR, 72712
Have you been to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art? What is your favorite exhibit or time of year? I’d love to hear!
Looking for more things to do in Northwest Arkansas? Why not check out the free Walmart Museum in downtown Bentonville?!