Crystal Bridges Museum is situated in the Ozark mountains in Northwest Arkansas. Bentonville, to be exact. You typically find world class museums in large cities. To find one in the middle of the Ozark mountains in Arkansas may seem quite odd. But Northwest Arkansas is a rapidly growing metropolitan that has a lot more to offer than you may think. Crystal Bridges Museum is the brain child of Alice Walton daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton.
There is just as much to see outside the museum as there is inside. From native fauna to canoe sculptures, there is a lot packed into the few miles of trails surrounding the museum. Let’s take a look on the outside.
The local deer are quite use to sharing their space with humans. If you get within 20 feet they might give you a notice. This fawn was curious of me and prancing around all over the place. Careful to keep mom within range.
Frank Lloyd Wright Bachman-Wilson House
Built in the 1950’s in New Jersey, the home was moved to Crystal Bridges to save it from flooding. You can purchase a ticket in the museum to tour the down stairs in this beautiful home. The museum has a blog about the home and pictures of the upstairs which is off limits to visitors.
Titled Monochrome II, by artist Nancy Rubins. The stainless steel canoe sculpture is one of my favorites. The piece reminds me of Spring River on Memorial Day weekend. If you’ve been there, you will understand.
Fly’s Eye Dome
I love the Fly’s Eye Dome. It reminds me of Satisfactory. One of my favorite video games. The first time I saw it, I thought I had teleported to the planet Massage-2(A-B)b.
The video game also has something else in common with Crystal Bridges Museum… Spiders!
I’ll be updating this post as I get more photos. I’ll also try to add more narrative to the pics as I find new information. But this is mostly a photo dump at this point. I hope you don’t mind.
Listening Forest 2022
Every winter the museum hosts an artist to put on light shows. This years artist is Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. I finally got a chance to go, and was not disappointed. The exhibit touches on all the senses. You can add your heartbeat to the forest or even control spotlights with your arms and legs. It was a really cool experience worth checking out if you get the chance.