It's a new record for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which played host to an unprecedented 564,777 visitors in 2012, setting an all-time attendance record for the museum during its 45-year history.
In a Jan. 14 correspondence with Examiner.com, Kyle Young, museum director, expressed his gratitude to the nonprofit hall of fame's local, national and international visitors in 2012.
“Our attendance revenue last year increased more than 15 percent over 2011, which was also a record year," Young observed. "Through November 2012, our operating revenues increased by about 9 percent over prior year, and we expect that number to hold through December 2012. In these challenging economic times, we don’t take this for granted."
As for the reason behind the growing visitor numbers, Young said there are several factors for the record-setting attendance increase, including the museum's popular exhibits.
“We debuted a trio of popular exhibitions: The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country; Taylor Swift: Speak Now—Treasures from the World Tour; and Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You," he said. "(And) we also offered a dynamic schedule of live programs and events."
Last but not least, Young noted, "Nashville continues to thrive as a tourism destination, and we are happy to contribute to and benefit from this. There’s an incredible synergy happening in our city, and it’s exciting to be a part of it.”
- FYI: Please note the museum will be closed Jan. 22 through Feb. 6 for renovations.