Walmart gets a bad rap worldwide, (this is not to be a rant about Wal Mart) but let me share some good things that they do. As most people know Walmart originated in Arkansas. When Sam Walton began growing Walmart he required all vendors to have an office in Northwest Arkansas. This not only helped Sam Walton but it also strengthened the economy in the area. The Walton family generously gives back to the community. One big area of support is to enhance the cultural experience. They do many things like bring plays into the area and concerts but the biggest thing they have done lately is build Crystal Bridges Museum. This museum is not just any "rinky-dink" museum.
As you drive on to the campus you become enamored by the the pristine grounds abounding in flowers, trees, walking paths and breath taking sculptures. As you head toward the museum you get your first glimpse at the beauty of the building. The building itself is something worth going to see.
The building is very modern and does everything it can to embrace the outside while still being inside. The building does an amazing job using natural light as much as possible while still protecting the masterpieces.
The everyday collection at Crystal Bridges houses over 400 pieces that are displayed chronologically to help tell the story of American history though the eyes of the artists. Throughout the museum they have areas set aside to encourage the visitors to be creative and interaction with art. Supplies were readily available in an inviting and non threatening environment.
A separate area of the museum is set aside for special exhibits. The one we got to experience was titles Van Gogh to Rothko. Now this was pretty neat. Inside the exhibit featured Danali, Van Gogh, and Warhal. It thrilled this Arkansas girl to see those artists in an area of America that is considered pretty backwoods.
Now ready for the amazing part? Crystal Bridges is all free including the audio guides, thanks to the Walton Family. Pretty cool uh? The only part that ever costs anything is the special exhibit and it only cost $10.00.
We got to meet up with cousins and I got to meet her wonderful son!
What is muesum you have gone to and were unexpectedly at the content?