- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has set a new attendance record as it marks its centennial.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1KNYn06 ) reports the arts museum had about 752,000 visitors in the fiscal year that ended June 30, up 16 percent from 2014. Attendance was roughly 458,000 in 2008.

The museum is turning 100 years old this year, and has celebrated by hosting parties and bringing in priceless works by Johannes Vermeer and Raphael that were free to see.

Museum director Kaywin Feldman says staff has worked to make changes for several years. A kid-music event called “Rock the Cradle” drew 11,000 people to the museum, and 4,500 people took their bicycles into the museum courtyard for “Bike Night.”

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Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com

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