Crystal Gardens Museum in Arkansas – A “Must Do” Trip for Couples or Families

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Looking for a  trip as a couple or maybe as a family, then I hope you will consider Crystal Gardens Museum of American Art, nestled in the Ozarks in Bentonville Arkansas,  just a little over two hours from Tulsa.  I think is a “must do” trip if you enjoy art museums and walking trails.  We were so delighted with this beautiful space created by world-renowned architect, Moshe Safdie. There are 8 pavilions linked by 2 large creek fed ponds. There are 6 galleries to explore, a lovely eating area looking over a wonder Ozark vista and several walking trails. In addition, a special children’s area is set up for children to participate in some hands on art activities. Then there is the world-class art with wonderful exhibits. My favorite was some of the George Washington paintings and then I loved seeing some of the Rosie the Riveter paintings. Some wonderful modern art too and lots of architecture displays.

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This wonderful Arkansas treasure opened in 2011. It is the brainchild of Alice Walton, with Wal-Mart being the main funding source for this amazing museum.  For more detailed information go to the museums website: crystalbridges.org We were surprised that museum admission was free. If you want to experience their most current exhibit there is a charge for that gallery. Check their website or face book page for admission fees for these special exhibits. Folks are encouraged to picnic in their gardens.  Again check their website for a few exception spaces on picnicking. We also noticed some bike trails available. There was a nice variety of trails, some paved and short and others more rustic and longer. One of their popular trails is the Art Trail, which has sculptures to enjoy as you walk the trail.

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This would be a wonderful romantic getaway or it could also be a fun family trip. I hope you will have an opportunity to visit this wonderful museum soon.

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