The museum made the announcement via its Facebook page
. The caption above a photograph taken on opening day reads, "Here's a photo of guests arriving on opening day: November 11, 2011. As of today, Crystal Bridges has seen 500,000 guests walk through these doors!"
In other words, in about 289 days since opening, on average approximately 1,730 guests have visited Crystal Bridges
per day. That number is, however, a bit off because it includes the days in which the museum is closed (Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas). With those days taken into consideration, the average number of museum visitors per day is closer to 2,016.
The permanent collection
at Crystal Bridges features "a superb overview of American art including American masterworks as well as surprising, lesser-known gems from the Colonial era to contemporary work."
This includes pieces by Georgia O’Keeffe, as seen below.
The half a million people who have already visited the museum may come back a second time to view more of the works by Georgia O’Keeffe and others.
Fisk University's Alfred Stieglitz collection is expected to be on exhibit at Crystal Bridges next fall. In 1949, O'Keeffe donated the collection to Fisk University, and, according to The Tennessean
, "The gallery was named after O’Keeffe’s late husband, the photographer Alfred Stieglitz, and included four of O’Keeffe’s own paintings."
Earlier this month, the university and the museum reached a "sharing agreement" concerning the Stieglitz collection. In addition to works by O'Keeffe, the collection includes paintings by Picasso, Paul Cezanne, and Renoir.
In the meantime, thousands of visitors to Crystal Bridges can view masterworks in the permanent collection as well as special exhibitions