Alice Walton, the daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, spearheads the Walton Family Foundation's involvement in developing Crystal Bridges.
It will exhibit her multi-million dollar independent collection. Today's AK Files explores the design and goals of this new facility.
The museum's glass-and-wood design by architect Moshe Safdie features a series of pavilions nestled around two creek-fed ponds.
The complex will include 100,000 square feet of galleries, several meeting and classroom spaces, a library, a sculpture garden, and a 250-seat auditorium.
Additionally, there will be outdoor areas for concerts and public events, as well as extensive nature trails. Designed to house the world's best collection of American art, the Bentonville, Arkansas museum has been delayed in construction due to high costs of materials. It sits on 100 acres of the Ozarks forest and once finally open, hopes to see 250,000 visitors per year.