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Wal-Mart Family Is Behind The New 21C Museum Hotel in Arkansas

June 8, 2010 at 4:10 PM | by | ()

The 21C Museum Hotel in Louisville.

The good news is there's going to be yet another 21C Museum Hotel opening. That will make four 21C Museum hotels--the original in Louisville, the second in Cincinnati, a third in Austin and now, a hotel near Bentonville, Arkansas.

The odd news is that the people who are making this third hotel possible are some Wal-Mart people. The Waltons, the heirs to the megastore that famously bans music and books for being too provocative, are now supporting an art hotel. The WSJ reports:

A Walton family investment arm and partner 21c Museum Hotel of Louisville, Ky., are scheduled to disclose Tuesday that they will construct a $28 million, 130-room hotel near Bentonville's downtown square that will open by 2012.

The hotel will also be designed to "complement the $150 million Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art" nearby which is has largely been inanced with Wal-Mart money, specifically heiress Alice Walton's money.

We're excited to get more 21C Museum hotels so we're not concerned about the Wal-Mart link at all. But we wonder, will we soon see 21C swag in Wal-Marts?

[Photo: EllenM]

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