BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) - Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has placed Northwest Arkansas on the map. Since it first opened in November, more 92,000 people and counting have visited the museum.
Communications director Laura Jacobs said that's more than double the visitors they expected.
"We had planned for closer to 40,000 and we just sort of took a guess and we've exceeded all of our expectations," said Jacobs.
As 2012 begins, Jacobs said they expect to stay busy and will soon launch programs for the entire family.
This museum attracts visitors from all over the world.
"We had a family from Guatemala they were in town visiting relatives. I met a gentleman on Sunday from Canada who drove down four days in the car just to come to the museum to take pictures. So it's been incredible."
Today is the first day visitors aren't required to reserve tickets to come into the museum. Admission will continue to be free.
Visitors will still need to check-in and fill out a short survey. The purpose is to keep a running tally of guests and see where they are visiting from.
Crystal Bridges was the only U.S. location listed in Travel and Leisure magazine's as one of the hottest travel destinations of 2012.
"So surprised and so excited and just knew that that would draw even more people to Crystal Bridges and we share our mission education and sharing art and draw more people to this area and see what a great state Arkansas is," said Jacobs.
Crystal Bridges is working on some finishing touches to complete construction projects and has launched programs for visitors of all ages.
By November 2012 they estimate to reach 250,000 visitors. Jacobs expects to exceed that number once again.