Museums in Bentonville Arkansas are extraordinary. Many visitors come only to view the amazing exhibitions of the city’s various museums.
While they vary widely in type and size, all promise to provide opportunities to learn, to be inspired and to be entertained.
Whether your interest lies in American art, present-day art, Native American art or the history of Sam Walton and Walmart, you’ll find a museum in Bentonville to capture your interest.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art – Ranked among the top six in the country, it is a world-class museum. It’s permanent collection (free to the public) spans more than five centuries of American Art, and provides many opportunities for the community to get involved in art.
The permanent exhibition, touring exhibitions, temporary exhibitions, jaw-dropping architecture, awe-inspiring outdoor trails and sculptures and community engagement all combine to make the museum a thriving art culture. Image at top of page is of Rosie the Riveter (courtesy of Arkansas Tourism).
21c Museum Hotel – Located on the northeast corner of the Bentonville town square and a short walk to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art via trails lines with natural beauty and art. 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville is a 104-room boutique hotel that is also a contemporary art museum, cultural center and home to The Hive restaurant.
Amazeum – Located just across from Crystal Bridges, Amazeum, an interactive children’s museum, offers a delightful, magical space for children to play and learn. Your kids will love the experience, and will want to return again and again.
The Momentary – Another top-ranked, must-see Bentonville museum is The Momentary, a sister museum to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Contemporary art is exhibited on a rotating basis, and event space is provided for traveling exhibitions.
Museum of Native American History – Privately owned by David Bogle, this museum of Native American history, art and culture spans some 14,000 years and has more than 10,000 artifacts.. Exhibits are beautifully and logically displayed to provide an entertaining and educational experience. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
Compton Gardens & Conference Center – Formerly the home of local physician Dr. Neil Compton, savior of the Buffalo River, this is a preserved local woodland and garden which is open to residents and visitors alike. Located just a few blocks off the Bentonville Square, it’s the perfect place to relax and take in what it means to commune with nature Bentonville style.
Peel Mansion & Heritage Gardens – Built in 1875, Peel Mansion offers a wonderful opportunity to see what it was like to live in those days. The Peel Mansion is a carefully constructed example of the Italianate Villa Style. The gardens are exquisite, and are often used for special occasions. Self guided tours are free.
The Walmart Museum – Created to highlight the accomplishments of Mr. Sam Walton and other members of the Walton family, the museum features a chronological look into the founders life and the history of Walmart. Whether you own stock or not, this is a museum not-to-be-missed. Admission is free to all.