Located in Bentonville, Arkansas the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art was designed by famed architect Moshi Safdie and opened to the public on 11/11/11. With an endowment of over $200 million, it is the most significant art museum to open since 1974.
Alice Walton, the daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton, led the Walton Family Foundation’s involvement in developing Crystal Bridges. The museum features a series of pavilions nestled around two creek-fed ponds. Crystal Bridges also features a gathering space that can accommodate up to 300 people. Additionally, there are outdoor areas for concerts and public events, as well as extensive nature trails. It employs approximately 160 people, and is within walking distance of downtown Bentonville.
This museum is without question one of the most outstanding institutions created in the 21st century, benefiting from the wealth of the Walton family and a very solid endowment that will allow the museum to continue to amass a collection of some of the most important art from American artists.
I look forward to learning more about the museum and the collections in the coming decades!