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“What an architectural accomplishment!”

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Ranked #1 of 23 things to do in Bentonville
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Owner description: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art welcomes all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature.
Reviewed December 25, 2012

Crystal Bridges is awe-inspiring, both for its architecture and chronilogical collection. Around every corner is spectacular art and a beautiful view including those of the complex and grounds. The museum is definitely worth a special trip.

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Reviewed December 23, 2012

The architecture! The grounds, hiking trails! The art! Crystal Bridges Museum makes Bentonville, Arkansas a destination!!

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Reviewed December 22, 2012

I had heard wonderful things about the museum so I had high expectations, but the experience exceeded my expectations. The building and grounds alone are worth the trip. I can't wait to go back in the fall to see foliage. The architecture is so fantastic it truly rivals the art itself. The art collection is impressive, much of it taken from Alice Walton's own home. The galleries start with pre-revolution piece and end with post-modernism. Mainly paintings, but also some sculptures and other unexpected pieces. There is an iPod app that is worth downloading before you arrive. Select pieces come with audio descriptions and interviews. I hope they add to this function in the future. One thing that's nice is admission is free (although I would pay a lot to return) and there is not even a whisper of solicitation for donations. I can't wait to return!

Thank TexasLady7509
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Reviewed December 17, 2012

My wife and I decided to visit this museum on Labor Day, unaware that it would be the one year anniversary of it's opening. It is simply stunning! It was pouring rain on the Sunday we visited, but thanks to a previous review, I knew there is underground parking with elevators to the museum. There is no admission fee! The staff were all extremely helpful and seemed to love their jobs. We watched a short video presentation which featured Alice Walton and the architect discussing how the museum came to be. I would encourage a first time visitor to see this before touring the museum. It is well laid out and the art is stunning. Interestingly enough as my wife were in one of the galleries looking at the "Rosie the Riveter" painting, we noticed Alice Walton discussing one of the paintings with a couple of visitors, including the history and how it fit in with the collection. As that conversation broke up, we approached Ms. Walton and thanked her for this remarkable attraction. She was extremely friendly and kind. People owe it to themselves to visit this. It's a gem to be seen again and again.

Thank TulsaZephyr
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Reviewed December 17, 2012

This is a wonderful attraction to the NW Arkansas area. With the restaurant open two nights a week it allows for people to enjoy the romantic glow of the museum at night. During the day you can see the vision of the architect and that one day it will all blend beautifully with the scenery around the museum. Not only is the art on the inside but on the outside, as well. The trails are very inviting during the sunlit days. It's a definite must-see no matter where you are from!

Thank DizzieSunday
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