Crystal Bridges Museum Earns Prestigious Arboretum Accreditation

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, has become the first museum in the state to receive accreditation as an arboretum. The museum's 120-acre native Ozark forest features five miles of trails, 33 outdoor sculptures, and display gardens, offering a unique experience for art and nature enthusiasts.

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Crystal Bridges Museum Earns Prestigious Arboretum Accreditation

Crystal Bridges Museum Earns Prestigious Arboretum Accreditation

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, has achieved a remarkable milestone by becoming the first and only museum in the state to receive accreditation as an arboretum. The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program awarded the museum Level I accreditation last month, acknowledging its dedication to environmental stewardship and the preservation of its 120-acre native Ozark forest.

The museum's outdoor spaces offer visitors a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature while exploringworld-class art. With five miles of trails winding through the forest, 33 outdoor sculptures, and several carefully crafted display gardens, Crystal Bridges provides an unparalleled experience for art and nature enthusiasts alike. The museum's grounds are open to the public free of charge every day from sunrise to sunset, making it a beloved destination for the local community and visitors from around the world.

Samantha Best, the museum's outdoor space and grounds experience manager, expressed her delight in the achievement, stating, "We are so thrilled with our Trails and Grounds team – and our entire team here at Crystal Bridges – who have all played such a huge role in achieving this honor. "The accreditationnot only recognizes the museum's commitment to environmental stewardship but also highlights the tireless efforts of the dedicated staff who maintain and enhance the natural beauty of the grounds.

The Ozark forest at Crystal Bridges is home to a diverse array of tree species, including dogwoods, redbuds, magnolias, oaks, hickories, beech trees, ashes, walnuts, and the Arkansas State Champion White Pine. Visitors can explore this rich natural environment and uncover the beauty of the native flora as they follow the well-maintained trails. The museum's commitment to preserving and showcasing the region's natural heritage is evident in every aspect of the grounds, from the carefully curated display gardens to the informative signage along the trails.

The arboretum accreditation positions Crystal Bridges as a leading destination for nature lovers and art enthusiasts alike. The museum's unique combination of world-class art and a pristine natural setting creates an immersive experience that is unmatched in the region. As more visitors unearth this hidden gem in the heart of the Ozarks, the museum is set to become a major draw for tourists and a source of joy for the local community.

To celebrate the accreditation, Crystal Bridges held a special Arbor Day event on April 27, highlighting the importance of trees and the vital role they play in the museum's mission. The event featured educational activities, guided tours, and tree-planting ceremonies, engaging visitors of all ages in the celebration of nature and the museum's commitment to environmental stewardship.

As Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art continues to grow and evolve, the arboretum accreditation serves as a badge of honor to its unwavering dedication to preserving and showcasing the natural beauty of the Ozark region. With its stunning combination of art, nature, and now official arboretum status, the museum offers visitors an unparalleled experience that celebrates the rich diversity of the American environment.

Key Takeaways

  • Cystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas becomes first museum in state to receive arboretum accreditation.
  • Museum's 120-acre native Ozark forest features 5 miles of trails, 33 outdoor sculptures, and display gardens.
  • Grounds are open to public free of charge daily from sunrise to sunset.
  • Accreditation recognizes museum's commitment to environmental stewardship and natural beauty preservation.
  • Museum celebrates accreditation with Arbor Day event, highlighting importance of trees and environmental stewardship.