Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Hi! We’re Candy and Crystal. We’re sisters who grew up as military brats and spent the first half of our lives in Japan. The majority of our family resides in Japan, but we ventured out and have spent the second half of our lives mainly in the United States. We both love traveling and have always documented our travels, so we decided it was time to share our travel experiences with the rest of the world.

The Crystal Bridges Museum is one of my favorite museums because 1) it’s FREE, 2) there's so much to explore and 3) it is beautifully designed. I visited the museum last year on my short visit to Bentonville, but didn't get to experience all it had to offer as I was limited on time. This year when I visited Bentonville again, I had the whole Saturday just to explore Crystal Bridges and see the museum in it's entirety, indoors and outdoors.

Crystal Bridges Museum designed by Moshe Safdie

Crystal Bridges Museum designed by Moshe Safdie

The architecture of this museum itself is a work of art and designed by the internationally renowned architect Moshe Safdie. There are many parts of this museum to explore: the indoor museum, the exhibits (at the time we visited, Chihuly's collection was being shown), a library, children's playroom, gift shop, Frank Lloyd Wright's Bachman-Wilson House and outdoor nature trails. They also offer various free guided drop-in tours daily.

FLORAL PRINT SCARF Dress: California MoonRise // SANTA FE SWING CAMI TOP: CALIFORNIA MOONRISE // SANTA FE EMBROIDERED BEACH PANTS: CALIFORNIA MOONRISE

FLORAL PRINT SCARF Dress: California MoonRise // SANTA FE SWING CAMI TOP: CALIFORNIA MOONRISE // SANTA FE EMBROIDERED BEACH PANTS: CALIFORNIA MOONRISE

Chihuly's Niijima Floats

Chihuly's Niijima Floats

We started exploring the outdoor nature trails first and grabbed a map indoors first before heading out. There are several trails to explore and more than 3.5 miles of trails wind through the 120-acre site. This was the prefect introduction to see the beauty of the Ozark landscape. As Chihuly's collection was on display at the time we visited, the first thing we encountered was Chihuly's Niijima Floats floating in the pond. It was a beautiful display of colorful blown glass surrounded by nature.

Crystal Bridges Nature Trail

Crystal Bridges Nature Trail

Sandals: Seychelles "IN THE SHADOWS"

Sandals: Seychelles "IN THE SHADOWS"

As we continued walking the immaculate grounds, we came across several other sculptures and stopped at a shaded area with a small stream