Eiteljorg museum reports record attendance in 2011

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The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art set a new attendance record in 2011 with 141,000 visitors.

The museum said in a press release that attendance rose 6 percent over 2010, and admissions revenue rose 3 percent.

“We are proud to have another record-breaking year and gratified to see our strategic plan yield positive results,” CEO John Vanausdall said. “Exceeding our record success of 2010—when we experienced a 40-percent increase in attendance and a doubling of ticket revenue—clearly indicates it was not a one-time occurrence.”

Two special exhibits, “Red/Black,” about the intertwined history of Native Americans and African-Americans, and “Jingle Rails,” a recurring holiday exhibit, drew large numbers of first-time visitors, the museum said.

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