In Bentonville, Arkansas, groups can examine and explore American masterworks spanning five centuries at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
“Groups have a magical experience at Crystal Bridges,” said Paul Fontaine, guest services manager. “Where else can you explore 120 acres and 4 miles of trails with sculpture along with a stunning collection of American art? Whether you’re looking to learn more about our nation through the works of historical and contemporary artists, recharge your spirit as you explore our trails and grounds, or see the works of some of the world’s leading architects, Crystal Bridges can satisfy the needs of all groups.”
The museum takes its name from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building, designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. The walking trails link the museum right to downtown Bentonville.
Asher B. Durand’s Kindred Spirits, Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter and Andy Warhol’s Coca-Cola  are included in the museum’s collection, each reflecting a unique moment in American art history.
Visitors can view major works by contemporary American artists including James Turrell, Georgia O’Keeffe and John Baldessari. The permanent collection is enhanced by a variety of temporary exhibits.
Guided tours at the museum are popular, and there are seven different options, including the Architecture Tour, Art Trail Tour, Women in Art Tour and Frank Lloyd Wright House Tour.
“The busiest time for group tours is spring and autumn,” Fontaine said. “Our grounds welcome spring with thousands of blooming dogwood and redbud trees, while autumn leaves transform our Ozark forest into a symphony of colors.”
Groups can reserve a visit up to eight months in advance.
“Visiting our permanent art collection is always free for groups and always available, so there’s never a need to turn away any group who wants to visit,” Fontaine said.
For more information, call 479-418-5700 or visit crystalbridges.org.