Find fun, beauty and rich history in Bella Vista

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The beautiful landscape of Bella Vista, Arkansas provides a perfect backdrop for exploring the many attractions and things to do, from outdoor recreation to architectural beauty, history and heritage.

History and Heritage

Explore the rich history and heritage of Bella Vista at the unique Bella Vista Historical Museum. You’ll learn how the city started, from the early native American history to when John Cooper, Sr., purchased the summer resort and began buying up the farms all the way to the Missouri state line, eventually converting 40,000 acres into what he called then Bella Vista Village, to how the city reached its incorporation in 2007.

After exploring the history of the town, take a moment to reflect and honor our veterans at the Veterans Wall of Honor. Created by the Veterans Council of Northwest Arkansas, the monument was created to provide a place where visitors can pay respect and reflect on the sacrifices made by so many to create and preserve the freedoms we enjoy today.

Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel

Architectural Beauty in Bella Vista

Nestled in the hills overlooking Lake Norwood, the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel offers a location for weddings, concerts or memorial services. Designed by the acclaimed E. Fay Jones and influenced by the cathedrals of the middle ages, the chapel reflects the gothic design of generations past. The transparent design opens the chapel to the beauty of the area, with light and shadows continually changing the atmosphere of the chapel. The chapel is open to visitors seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Experience the peace and tranquility of the chapel today or call to make a reservation for your special event.

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Bella Vista Attractions

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Scott Family Amazeum

Address 1009 Museum Way Bentonville, Arkansas
Latitude: 36.379244400000Longitude: -94.197606400000
Phone: (479) 696-9280 Website:

The Scott Family Amazeum is a museum for children and families! Everything is hands-on and designed to be touched, climbed on, and interacted with.  Exhibits are designed to engage the imagination and to bring art and science to life.

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The Walmart Museum

Address 105 N. Main Street Bentonville, Arkansas
Latitude: 36.372611900000Longitude: -94.208917100000
Phone: (479) 273-1329 Website:

The Walmart Museum is a family-friendly experience in three parts:

  • Walton’s 5&10 – the storefront where everything began.
  • The Walmart Museum – an interactive exhibit gallery that takes you on a fascinating tour of Walmart’s history.
  • The Spark Café Soda Fountain – a celebration of small-town ice cream soda fountains, complete with soda jerks and 50’s-era music and videos.

Free Admission.

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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Address 600 Museum Way Bentonville, Arkansas
Latitude: 36.381706900000Longitude: -94.203162800000
Phone: (479) 418-5700 Website:

Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection spans five centuries of American masterworks ranging from the Colonial era to the current day. Included within the collection are iconic images such as Asher B. Durand’s Kindred Spirits, Norman Rockwell’s  Rosie the Riveter, and Andy Warhol’s Coca-Cola [3]— as well as major works by modern and contemporary American artists, including Georgia O’Keeffe, John Baldessari, and James Turrell.

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Museum of Native American History

Address 202 Southwest O Street Bentonville, Arkansas
Latitude: 36.371449500000Longitude: -94.231059200000
Phone: (479) 273-2456 Website:

At the Bentonville Museum of Native American history you can take a 14,000 year journey through America’s past.  View some of the finest ancient artifacts of early man: brilliant headdresses, artistic effigy vessels, the famous Sweetwater Biface, and an Ice Age Wooly Mammoth.

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The Lakehouse at Bella Vista

Website: The Lakehouse at Bella Vista

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