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Which St. Louis travel agencies will offer package tours now that The New York Times has given its blessing to the newly opened Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in the Arkansas Ozarks?  The Times review calls the concept, funded in Bentonville by Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton, “undenied brilliance” for its collection of 400 masterworks from the Colonial period to the present. The Newspaper of Record goes on to gush, “Much more than just a demonstration of what money can buy or an attempt to burnish a rich family’s name, Crystal Bridges is poised to make a genuine cultural contribution, and possibly to become a place of pilgrimage for art lovers from around the world.”  And in fitting with the philosophy of true philanthropy, admission is f-r-e-e.

4 Responses to “WE’LL TAKE MANHATTAN”

  • buttinsky says:

    Berger’s Beat is the paper of record around these parts.

  • Marcia says:

    From what I have heard of the special preview tours, Crystal Bridges is amazing. I cannot wait to visit. If I may suggest, one of the fun places to stay is Eureka Springs, Ark., about 40 miles east of Bentonville. It is a lovely scenic mountain drive along Highway 62. Eureka Springs is built into the side of the mountains and reminds one of Switzerland. It has cute B&Bs and grand old restored hotels like the Palace Hotel and Bath House Spa.

  • megashopper says:

    I am just glad to see some of that Wal-Mart profit going back into something average people can enjoy without paying for admission. They already paid at Wal-Mart.

  • GlobalGuy says:

    Travel + Leisure Arts Editor Mario R. Mercado reports that while admission is free, “tickets for timed-entry must be reserved in advance online or by calling 479/418-5700. Don’t wait, as of the opening, 35,000 admissions have been booked through the end of the New Year holiday.” It looks like a gorgeous setting. It is nice to find a cultural institution in that part of the world. Ditto on the recommendation for Eureka Springs. It is one of the most tolerant, diverse, hip and friendly to all comers tourist communities in the Midwest.

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