Celebrate the genius of American art during visits to the spectacular Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the venerated Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and more!

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 Gallery at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Credit: Arkansas Tourism Bureau  The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas  Thomas Cole (1801-1848), <i>The Mill, Sunset</i>, 1844. Credit: Nelson Atkins Museum of Art  Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, view of art trail from gallery bridge, with <i>Lowell's Ocean</i> by Mark di Suvero (born 1933)  Gallery at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Credit: Arkansas Tourism Bureau  Childe Hassam (1859-1935), <i>The Sonata</i>, dated 1893, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph S. Atha. Credit: Nelson Atkins Museum of Art  John Gadsby Chapman (1808-1889), <i>A Lazy Fisherman</i>, 1844. Credit: Nelson Atkins Museum of Art  Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Credit: Beth Byers

Masterpieces of American Art

5 days from $2,850

Celebrate the genius of American art during visits to the spectacular Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the venerated Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and more!

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

Celebrate the genius of American art on this popular arts tour, accompanied by an art historian.

Highlights Include:

  • Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, Arkansas): Travel to the Ozarks to visit the first major museum dedicated to American art to open in nearly 50 years and view iconic paintings by Durand, Rockwell, Warhol, and others.
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, Missouri): Tour this extensive collection of American masterpieces featuring works by Raphaelle Peale, Frederic Church, Thomas Hart Benton, Isamu Noguchi, and Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. Plus visit Benton’s home and studio and the charming artist haven of Eureka Springs. 

Each of my Smithsonian Journeys has been outstanding. For me, the educational component is major, as well as upscale accommodations and food.

- Joan P.

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Home, Welcome to Kansas City

After individual arrivals at your hotel, join fellow travelers and your expert for a welcome reception, opening remarks, and dinner. (R,D)

Day 2 — Thomas Hart Benton Studio, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art-Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Spend the morning at the home of the famed Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton. Visit his studio, which remains as he left it, including coffee cans full of paintbrushes, paints, and a stretched canvas waiting to be transformed into another masterpiece. Then tour the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, including the extensive collection of American artworks. Highlights include Raphaelle Peale’s Venus Rising from the Sea—A Deception, Frederic Edwin Church’s Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, and the American Historical Epic and Persephone of Thomas Hart Benton. Plus view a superb group of sculptures by Isamu Noguchi, as well as Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s Shuttlecocks. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, featuring dynamic modern and contemporary works by artists from around the world. This evening gather for a reception and a lecture by your Smithsonian expert followed by the remainder of the evening at leisure. (B,L)

Day 3 — Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Depart Kansas City for Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Upon arrival enjoy lunch and time to explore the galleries and shops on your own. Then enjoy a narrated tram tour of the charming Ozark town, known for its fine Victorian architecture and as a haven for artists and writers. Continue on to Bentonville late in the day and check in to the 21 C Hotel. Gather for a casual group dinner followed by the remainder of the evening at leisure. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

This morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast before meeting your Smithsonian expert for a lecture. After an early group luncheon at the hotel, depart for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. With your Smithsonian expert as your guide explore the permanent collection, which spans five centuries, from the colonial era to the present day. Included in the collection are iconic pictures such as Asher B. Durand's Kindred Spirits, Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter, and Andy Warhol's Dolly Parton. The museum's collection also showcases major works by Stieglitz Circle artists and a Skyspace by James Turrell. Also enjoy free time to explore the museum on your own, including the extensive trails and outdoor features around the museum. Return to the hotel late in the day. Enjoy a festive farewell dinner at one of Bentonville’s fine restaurants. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Bentonville, Kansas City International Airport, Home

After breakfast, depart Bentonville for Kansas City International Airport for flights home. (B)