BENTONVILLE, ARK.- Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened its doors five years ago on November 11, 2011 after years of planning and construction. Since then, the museum has welcomed over 2.7 million people from all around the world.
When Crystal Bridges was proposed, annual attendance was estimated at some 150,000 to 250,000 guests. Attendance exceeded expectations from the onset, with more than 650,000 visitors in the first year and 500-600,000 in the years since. Approximately 50 percent of the visitors are new to the museum, while 50 percent are returning.