My wife and I went to Bentonville, AR for Thanksgiving, and after a huge meal, took a walk around the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The museum just opened 11.11.11 and is already receiving great feedback. We were not able to go inside, as they were closed, but the architecture and design of the grounds was enough to satisfy us on our first visit.
The nature walk into the museum meanders through the river bed past several metal sculptures and cool rusty metal bridges along the way. Also, quite striking, is a huge silver tree sculpture, a giant stainless steel sculpture resembling a tree or neuron (not sure), outside of the main entrance. There are many levels to the museum with two rivers flowing through the structure to form three ponds within. It’s pretty striking against the natural landscape. I can’t wait to go back and see the exhibits and finished landscaping. I hear admission is free thanks to a generous donation from Walmart.
Crystal Bridges Museum
600 Museum Way
Bentonville, Arkansas 72712