Crystal Bridges Museum Named One of World's "Hottest Travel Destinations of 2012"

Gallery view.  Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Gallery view. Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
  • Frank Weston Benson (1862-1951) Summer Day, 1911.  Oil on canvas, 36 1/8 x 32 1/8 in.  (91.8 x 81.6 cm).  Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.  Photography by Dwight Primiano.  © Estate of Frank Weston Benson / Licensed by Faith Andrews Bedford, St.  Petersburg, FL

    Frank Weston Benson (1862-1951) Summer Day, 1911. Oil on canvas, 36 1/8 x 32 1/8 in. (91.8 x 81.6 cm). Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Dwight Primiano. © Estate of Frank Weston Benson / Licensed by Faith Andrews Bedford, St. Petersburg, FL

    © Estate of Frank Weston Benson / Licensed by Faith Andrews Bedford, St. Petersburg, FL

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, founded by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. heiress Alice Walton in her family's hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas, has attracted about 90,000 visitors since it opened in November.

Museum officials hope that increased exposure, and changing exhibitions, will draw more crowds. In its favor, the museum, with its focus on American art from the colonial era to the present, was the only U.S. location listed in Travel and Leisure magazine's "Hottest Travel Destinations of 2012."

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