Advertise With Us

Crystal Bridges Museum Draws 600K Visitors in First Year

12 November 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

A year ago, the art museum founded by Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton opened its doors and since then 604,000 visitors have made the trek to Bentonville, Arkansas, to view American masterworks.

The city of 36,000 residents has hosted nearly 2,000 people per day who come for special exhibitions and gallery installments at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Attendance was nearly double what was expected for the museum which opened on Nov. 11, 2011.

Next year the momentum should continue, says director Don Bacigalupi.

A major Norman Rockwell show opens in March, and is followed by the second installment of a four-year agreement that showacases works from the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Louvre in Paris and Crystal Bridges.


Categories: American art, american art

More News Feed Headlines
Sotheby's headquarters in New York.
Billionaire activist investor Daniel Loeb sent a letter to Sotheby's shareholders on Friday calling for the ousting of the auction house's board members.
Zhang Xiaogang’s "Bloodline: Big Family No.  3" sold for HK$94.2 million on April 5,.
Auction records were smashed for Chinese contemporary artist Zhang Xiaogang and seven other Asian artists at Sotheby’s HK$670 million ($86 million) Hong Kong evening sale over the weekend.
Detail of "Portrait of Dirck van Os" by Rembrandt.  The newly authenticated portrait will be unveiled at the Joslyn Art Museum in May 2014.
A painting long-ago relegated to storage has been newly authenticated as a work by Rembrandt. In the collection of the Josyln Art Museum in Omaha, Neb., for 72 years...
Art.sy redirects web traffic to Artsy.net
The New York City start-up Artsy.net aims to be the Pandora of the art world, connecting collectors with the art they seek and suggesting new artists based on their preferences. High-profile backers have...