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Join the discussion: How a Walmart heiress built Bentonville into a world-class art town

Annora Rose Showers, 3, admired Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — We’d put this pin on the map because of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Moshe Safdie-designed museum created a decade ago by Alice Walton, daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton.

And it doesn’t disappoint: The striking 210,000-square-foot complex, built into a ravine in the foothills of the Ozarks, is a thing of beauty, brimming with the finest American art money can buy — and a Walmart heiress can buy a lot.

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Mark Shanahan can be reached at mark.shanahan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MarkAShanahan.