Aerial view showing how the new Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts creates new pathways and connections to MacArthur Park. The design includes a new restaurant with outdoor shaded seating, walking paths, and a great lawn. Over time, a tree canopy will develop, creating a true “museum in a park.” © Studio Gang and SCAPE

Museum in the Park

Art and inspiration will extend into more than 10 acres of landscaped grounds of MacArthur Park in 2022. Stroll tree-lined paths, explore the native flora of Arkansas, and discover both vibrant and contemplative landscapes in a new MacArthur Park.

Art and Nature

To the north of the building, a 10,000 square foot public plaza will welcome you into the new Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts. To the south, an event lawn, gardens, and pathways from the building will lead you to explore and experience the park.

Inspired by the region’s diverse ecologies, sustainable, native plantings will incorporate more than 50 different species of perennials, shrubs, native trees, and ornamental grasses. Many of MacArthur Park’s mature trees are preserved in the design and incorporated into new plantings, which, over time, will create a canopy to the south and west of the museum.

The landscape is designed by renowned landscape architecture firm SCAPE.