CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART is the centerpiece of our autumn tour. The museum was spectacularly crafted by Canadian architect MOSHE SAFDIE out of steel, wood, glass, concrete, and copper in a gorgeous setting of interconnected ravines and hills in BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS. We will also visit KANSAS CITY to see the NELSON-ATKINS MUSEUM, the TRUMAN PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM & LIBRARY in nearby INDEPENDENCE, MO, and more! A free day is planned to further enjoy the expanding cultural scene in BENTONVILLE, or travel to TULSA, OK to visit sites relevant to the city's Native and African American history, museums, and art deco architecture.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30 – Fly to KANSAS CITY, and make a stop at the home and memorial of 20th-century artist THOMAS HART BENTON. Then travel south to BENTONVILLE. Check into the DOUBLETREE INN & SUITES. Dinner is included this evening. (D)


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31 – Our morning tour of BENTONVILLE will include the MILDRED B. COOPER MEMORIAL CHAPEL, by E. FAY JONES, who was a student of FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT. Then spend the day enjoying the beautiful landscapes, and inspiring architecture of MOSHE SAFDIE, and the collections of paintings, photographs, sculptures, and more at CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM. Dinner is included this evening. (B, D )


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 – You are free to relax today and further enjoy the town of BENTONVILLE on your own. Planned also is an optional visit to TULSA, OK to explore the city's rich heritage of art deco architecture built in the early 20th century when Tulsa was the oil capital of America; and pay homage to the tragedy that took place where a prosperous African American business district known as BLACK WALL STREET was destroyed by a racist mob in 1921. Optional evening plans will be made this evening in BENTONVILLE. (B)

Farm Sale with Pop and the Boys. Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889 - 1975) 1962 Oil on canvas

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Depart BENTONVILLE this morning for KANSAS CITY in time for brunch and a tour at the KEMPER MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART. Then visit the NATIONAL WORLD WAR I MUSEUM before checking in at our Kansas City hotel. Dinner is included this evening before an optional performance (TBA) at the KAUFFMANN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, another building by MOSHE SAFDIE. (B, L)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3 – A morning tour of KANSAS CITY will focus on its history and various architectural styles from Beaux Arts to Postmodern. This afternoon a visit is planned at the NELSON-ATKINS MUSEUM OF ART, with works from every continent. The museum is best known for its outstanding collection of Asian Art. Dinner is included this evening. (D)


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4 - The final event of our trip is a visit to the HARRY S. TRUMAN MUSEUM & LIBRARY, located in nearby INDEPENDENCE. Then return to the airport for your flight to Philadelphia or your home city.

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