Crystal Bridges Expects Millionth Visitor

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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, in Bentonville is about to welcome its one-millionth visitor.

The museum opened on Nov. 11, 2011.

When Crystal Bridges was first proposed, annual attendance was estimated at some 150,000 to 300,000 guests. The first year brought in more than 650,000 visitors, thanks to free admission.

Of those one million visitors, 64 percent were from Arkansas, and some 20 percent came from the six nearby states: Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi. The remaining 16 percent hailed from other states in the U.S. and global addresses.

Organizers say they expect the one-millionth visitor sometime this week (Aug.12-19). The museum in Bentonville was founded and funded by Walmart. Crystal Bridges' collection includes art from colonial times to the present day.

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