Posted by on January 5, 2012 in Arkansas Attractions

Crystal Bridges Museum...

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

There have always been excellent reasons to visit Northwest Arkansas. Now there is yet another: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened on November 11, 2011. Since that time, approximately 90,000 visitors have walked through its doors, including quite a few guests of our Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast. The museum’s opening was “the event” of 2011; and it will undoubtedly continue to draw crowds in 2012.

Gracefully situated on a 120-acre wooded campus outside Bentonville, Crystal Bridges invites guests to commune with nature and explore five centuries of American Art. The museum, designed by world renowned architect Moshe Safdie, is nestled around two creek-fed ponds. Walking and biking trails traverse the woods, offering both places to stretch the legs and quiet spots to admire nature’s beauty. You’ll feel uplifted and inspired before you even walk through the doors.

Inside, a number of galleries highlight different periods of American art. The museum’s permanent collection, Celebrating the American Spirit, arranges pieces more or less chronologically, giving viewers an historical perspective as well an artistic one. Spend a full day here, or return again and again. We plan to visit it frequently.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is open to all and free for all. It is a wonderful addition to Northwest Arkansas. Many guests of our Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast have already discovered it; we hope many more will visit it in 2012.