Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas. Crystal Bridges, which opened in late 2011, is largely bankrolled by members of the Walton family of Wal-mart fame. So it's no surprise that the swooping, glass-walled museum building can be found in Bentonville, Ark., where Wal-mart is headquartered. The collection, which covers colonial to contemporary eras, is intriguing and growing fast. And just outside, you find heartland scenery, the Ozark mountains, small-town friendliness and a hub of global commerce. After putting up big-box stores around the world -- and being blamed for the decline of many a Main Street -- Wal-Mart and its founding family have relaunched their hometown's downtown. My story here.
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