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Page 30 of 51 31 J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 7 BOOMING BENTONVILLE Since it made its 2011 debut, Crystal Bridges has quickly be- come a giant on the Bentonville tourism scene. "Crystal Bridges has had more than 2 million visitors," said John Lamparski, group sales manager for the Benton- ville Convention and Visitors Bureau. "But it's not just a mu- seum that rests on its laurels. ey keep adding new pieces all the time." In addition to a regular sched- ule of popular touring exhibi- tions, Crystal Bridges has added several signifi cant exhibits. Vis- itors can tour a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright that was relocated to the museum cam- pus from its original location in New Jersey. Students at the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas restored the structure, which had fallen into disrepair. Now groups can marvel at the cre- ativity of America's most bril- liant architectural mind as they experience the home the way Wright intended. e museum also recently an- nounced plans to open a second facility in a 63,000-square-foot former factory building down- town. e factory was built in the 1940s and used by Kraft Foods until 2012. e trans- formed space will be dedicated to contemporary art exhibitions and live performance space and is expected to open in 2018. Groups with an eye for art will also enjoy a visit to the 21c Museum Hotel. e only one of the 21c locations in a purpose- built facility, the Bentonville outpost includes an entire fl oor of gallery space exhibiting the work of contemporary artists from around the world. Tours to the city should also include a stop at the Museum of Native American History. "It's kind of the hidden gem of Bentonville," Lamparski said. "It started as a private collection of native and ancient American artifacts. As you walk through the museum, you go through 10,000 years of history and see whole cultures form. We can arrange to have the curator or owner of the museum meet groups and tell them about it." Courtesy Fayetteville Visitors Bureau Courtesy Bentonville CVB Museum of Native American History co co o co co co co co co o o t t t t t s s B E N T O N V I L L E FAY E T T E V I L L E F O R T S M I T H E U R E K A S P R I N G S ARKANSAS

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