07/16/2012 01:55 pm ET | Updated Sep 15, 2012

Metropolitan Museum Of Art Draws Record Number Of Visitors

Following the opening of new galleries devoted to art of the Islamic world in November and its new American Wing galleries for paintings, sculpture and decorative arts in January, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced on Monday that its attendance rose to nearly 6.3 million visitors during the fiscal year that ended on June 30.
That figure, which includes attendance at the Cloisters -- the Met's branch for Medieval Art in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan -- is the highest number since the museum began tracking attendance more than 40 years ago. It is also about 600,000 more visitors than it reported a year ago.