Crystal Bridges: My First Look

Jill M. Rohrbach


Art makes me emotional. But that’s not the only reason I had tears in my eyes while viewing my first gallery at the new, fabulous Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.

Those tears came from knowing that this exquisite new museum is in my backyard, in my beautiful state, in the middle of the U.S. where it is accessible to all. It’s an experience just as exquisite yet fabulously different than visiting a museum in a coastal metropolis. While I know some folks out there think we in mid-America don’t deserve such fineness, I know we deserve it every bit as any other American. And, Crystal Bridges’ offering of art and nature is a superb combination that any true art lover will appreciate.

I can’t wait to go back with my husband, and then again with my children for new discoveries and family experiences. Pure delight surges through me when I look at the architecture, stare at a masterpiece hanging on a gallery wall, interpret a work on my own or read a placard for understanding of style, the artist, or time period.

Art transports me through time. It makes me suffer through uncomfortable history and soar with the good things in life. It infuses me with hope, happiness, understanding and energy. Art makes me appreciate individuality and the magic of capturing light. Art makes me emotional.

Crystal Bridges is a wonderful gift and you must experience. Go to right now. Click on Reserve Your Tickets. Or, call 479-418-5700. Tickets are free but because the museum anticipates large crowds for the first several weeks you should reserve timed tickets in advance. The reservations guarantee your access to the museum at the designated time you plan to be there. Opening day, Nov. 11, is already booked solid. But there are opening

Crystal Bridges is open Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The museum will be closed on Tuesdays. It will also close on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The trails are open from sunrise to sunset each day.

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