I had the best weekend in Bentonville, Arkansas checking out Crystal Bridges – Museum Of American Art during the fall season. I love how the museum always has new attractions and they seem to just keep getting more exciting. On my last visit, I discovered their mission “is to welcome ALL to celebrate the American Spirit in a setting that unites the power of art and the beauty of nature.” After a second time at Crystal Bridges, I can tell you this is 100% accurate. Over the weekend I visited “Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today”, walked through Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrored Room—My Heart is Dancing into the Universe” and enjoyed the North Forest Lights Show.
“Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today”
I was so excited when I found out I was going to get to see this beautiful crystal exhibit. It is the first exhibition of its kind to explore the connections between crystal and art throughout the world, spanning history and geography. Not only are crystals beautiful but there is so much meaning behind them. I knew crystals featured in the exhibit would be not only stunning but also thought-provoking. The “Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today” has definitely been one of my favorite art exhibits.
The exhibition includes a selection of crystal specimens, and over 70 works of art and objects from Ancient Egypt up to the present day, and addresses recurring themes in the history of crystals such as science and religion, art and medicine, aesthetic beauty and transformation, and more. It is opened through January 6 and tickets are $12 (plus tax) and free to members and youth ages 18 and younger. Find out more by checking out the exhibit page, “Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today”.
“Infinity Mirrored Room—My Heart is Dancing into the Universe.”
If you have ever wanted to feel like you are standing in a magnificent place, this room is for you! Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room—My Heart is Dancing into the Universe is an enclosed room filled with mirrors and dotted paper lanterns that change color, making visitors feel as if the room expands forever into the universe. The Infinity Mirror Room is a permanent Crystal Bridges acquisition, on view in the museum’s Contemporary Gallery for the foreseeable future.
Infinity Mirrored Room―My Heart is Dancing into the Universe is basically a small room with amazing colors and mirrors. You can walk in the room solo or in groups of two and you get around 90 seconds to take it all in. It is such a cool experience getting to feel the illusions of the room. This is self-guided experience and the time flies by so make sure to embrace it and take it all in.
North Forest Lights
After I checked out the art exhibits I got to experience the North Forest Lights. This is one of the coolest things I have been to as it was such a unique experience. The North Forest Lights is an artistic light and sound experience in the middle of the North Forest at Crystal Bridges. It was so beautiful and we had the best time.
We started the night enjoying grilled cheese, soup and hot chocolate in the middle of the forest. After dinner, we enjoyed the different light shows. There are five different parts that bring the forest alive with light, sound, and sensory effects. This is a great event for the entire family! Wear comfy shoes because you will be walking through the forest and won’t want to miss any of the fun.
There are five different areas that all have a unique show for you to enjoy. Check them out with their description below and learn more on Crystal Bridges exhibit information page.
- Crystal Grove – See the glowing language of young saplings, as they seem to communicate through shimmering crystal lights.
- Forest Frequencies – Channel the natural and human past as light and music connect you with the wavelengths of the Arkansas woods.
- The Hearth – Gather around a bonfire-like sculpture to immerse yourself in the warm glow and beating heart of nature.
- Whispering Tree – Communicate with a magnificent tree to learn about the color of your own voice.
- Memory of Water – Surround yourself in light and sound, as a simulated stream brings water back to this dry creek bed.
You can check out the North Forest Light shows until February 16, 2020 and it starts in the evenings after sunset. Tickets are $22 for adults ($15 members), $10 for kids ($7 members) and free for children under 6 years old.
Check out Crystal Bridges
If you are looking for a fun place to travel I highly recommend giving Crystal Bridges – Museum Of American Art a visit. I am not only with my recommendation, since they opened in 2011, but more than 4 million people from 50 states and six out of the seven continents have also visited the museum. Admission to the museum is always free and Crystal Bridges – Museum Of American Art offers a wide range of temporary exhibitions each year.
Crystal Bridges is located in Bentonville, Arkansas, one of the cutest places I have visited. After you check out the museum make sure to take advance of the four miles of walking and biking trails surround our 120-acre grounds with a beautiful Ozark landscape, sculptures, gardens, and interactive education areas. I hope you have the best time and enjoy Crystal Bridges – Museum Of American Art as much as I did.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.