When visiting a Southern city such as Bentonville, Arkansas, a burgeoning art scene may not be the first thing that comes to mind. After all, with so much history packed into the buildings of Bentonville, you may think it’s easy to ignore new cultural developments. Well think again.
Bentonville’s art scene has already established a rightful spot as one of the town’s best attractions. From a quirky hotel-museum-combo to architectural art, Bentonville’s arts are intriguing, entertaining, and waiting to be dissected. For a tour that will please the avid art collector or aficionado, see below for our Bentonville art scene suggestions.
4 Ways to Explore Bentonville’s Art Scene
If contemporary art is your cup of tea, this eclectic, stylish, and sophisticated museum will be a visual treat. Immerse yourself in the provocative and playful modern artwork by staying as a guest here—the museum is also a boutique hotel.
Good art will make you think about the past, present, and future, reaching beyond the physical space in which you’re viewing it. That’s the level of interest that can consume you at the Museum of Native American History, where the world’s largest collection of Native American artifacts is on display. See how our nation’s earliest settlers lived by viewing their creations at the MONAH.
For the interactive museum lovers, Crystal Bridges will delight and surprise. This series of pavilions was designed to “celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature” by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. Here, you’ll find galleries, meeting and classroom spaces, and a gathering hall enclosed by glass.
Spring-fed ponds elevate the space with a natural elegance, and sculpture trails link the Museum’s 120-acre park to downtown Bentonville. Plus, a glass-enclosed bridge hoists a restaurant over the ponds, and a library with more than 50,000 art reference books awaits your perusal.
Architecture is perhaps one of the most prevalent types of art that surrounds us every day. And arguably the most well-known in the industry, Frank Lloyd Wright, is no stranger to constructing iconic buildings in his classic “Usonian” style. This home was originally built in 1956, but when Crystal Bridges acquired it in 2013, the entire structure had to be taken apart, labeled, packed, and moved to the Museum, where it was reconstructed in 2015. See FLW’s stunning design work in person on a self-guided tour.
*This article is sponsored by Visit Bentonville. All travel accommodations were hosted, however all opinions are our own.