Aerial view of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Aerial view of Crystal Bridges; photography by Adair Creative. Courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Located in Bentonville, Arkansas, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art celebrates the American spirit through collecting, exhibiting, interpreting and preserving outstanding works of art.  General admission to Crystal Bridges is sponsored by Walmart so there is no cost to view Museum permanent collections. Visitors may occasionally be charged an admission fee to view temporary exhibitions.

The museum takes its name from Crystal Spring – a natural spring on the Museum’s wooded site that feeds into the Museum ponds – and from the unique bridge construction incorporated into the building design.

The Museum’s permanent collection spans five centuries of American masterworks ranging from the Colonial era to the current day. Included within the collection are iconic images such as Asher B. Durand’s Kindred Spirits, Rosie the Riveter by Norman Rockwell, and Andy Warhol’s Dolly Parton, each reflecting a distinct moment in American artistic evolution. In addition to historical works, the Museum’s collection also showcases major works by modern and contemporary American artists, including Roy Lichtenstein, James Turrell, and Georgia O’Keeffe, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to experience the full scope of American art.

Sculpture and walking trails link downtown Bentonville to the  Museum’s 120-acre park.  Bicycles are welcome on the Crystal Bridges Trail, the Art Trail, and Orchard Trail. The Dogwood Trail is a stroller-friendly, pedestrian-only soft-surface trail. The Tulip Tree Trail, Crystal Springs Loop, and Rock Ledge Trail are all natural paths for pedestrians only.

The building was designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie. Safdie is an architect, urban planner, educator, theorist, and author who embraces a comprehensive and humane design philosophy. Safdie is committed to architecture that responds to human needs and aspirations and is informed by the geographic, social, and cultural elements that define a place.

Although Crystal Bridges Museum has become a reality because of the Walton Family Foundation and in 2011 Walmart Stores, Inc. announced a grant that sponsors general public admission, Walmart Stores, Inc is not connected to the development, construction, or planning of the Museum or the development and ownership of the permanent collection.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s official website