Course detail: A Three-Day Tour of the Crystal Bridges Museum, Harry Truman's Birthplace, and Gordon Parks Museum

Wednesday, May 1 - Friday, May 3


(First come, first served. This event will sell out!)


The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark., boasts a world-class collection of American masterworks on 120 acres of natural Ozark landscape. During our time at the museum there will be lots to experience including various tours such as:


Bachman-Wilson House

Enjoy this exquisite Frank Lloyd Wright house built originally in New Jersey, but skillfully disassembled and reconstructed on a specially designed site. Self-guided tour.


Architecture Tour

This tour introduces the unique design features of Moshe Safdie (who also designed the Kauffman Center) and provides insights into some of the challenges the site posed. Docent-led tour.


Collection Highlights Tour

Visit some of the best-known names in American art, including Gilbert Stuart's "George Washington," Asher B. Durand's "Kindred Spirits," and Norman Rockwell's "Rosie the Riveter." Docent-led tour.


Sculpture Tour

Enjoy the museum's trails, the many outdoor sculptures and the nature waterways and native plants found on the property. Self-guided tour (a paved path includes a moderate slope with incline requiring appropriate footwear).


Kusama Infinity Mirrored Room

Artwork by Yayoi Kusama is an enclosed room filled with mirrors and dotted, color-changing paper lanterns. Not for individuals sensitive to flashing lights. View time is 60 seconds.


Temporary Exhibit - TBD

Self-guided tour.


You will also be able to spend time in the various galleries, library, and trails on the property.



Wednesday, May 1

We'll enjoy a boxed lunch at Orchards Park Pavilion as we learn about the history of Bentonville, past and present, followed by our first tour of Crystal Bridges. That evening we'll have dinner at Fred's Hickory Inn.


Thursday, May 2

After breakfast, we'll board the bus for a visit to the Museum of Native American History, nominated for Top 10 History Museums by USA Today, before returning to Crystal Bridges for more scheduled tours and/or exploring the museum, gift shop, and grounds on your own. You'll enjoy an included lunch at your pace and on your schedule. That evening we'll explore downtown Bentonville and have dinner on your own in one of the colorful restaurants.


Friday, May 3

Following breakfast we'll travel to Lamar, Mo., birthplace of Harry Truman. Then we're on to Fort Scott, where we'll enjoy lunch and a visit to the Gordon Parks Museum on the campus of Fort Scott Community College.


Wednesday 7 a.m. - Coach departs Lawrence Osher Institute, 1515 St. Andrews Dr., on Wednesday and returns on Friday around 4 p.m.


Wednesday 8 a.m. - Coach departs KU Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, on Wednesday and returns Friday around 3 p.m.


$655 fee per person - double occupancy

$745 fee per person - single occupancy


Fee includes coach transportation, lodging, two breakfasts, three lunches, and dinner on Wednesday evening. Dinner on Thursday is not included. Refund must be requested by April 3, minus a $125 administrative fee.


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Course pre-requisites
(required) Osher Membership Fee

 Session Information: OS24210F

Schedule: Every day, starting on 05/01/24 and ending on 05/03/24
Only 7 days left to register!
Times: 07:00am-04:00pm CDT

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Cancellation Policy

A refund less a $125.00 cancellation fee will be assessed for all cancellations made in writing prior to 23 days before the start of the event. After that time, no refunds will be made.