Jul 11, 2011 BENTONVILLE, Ark., July 11, 2011 Just one week after kicking off its membership program, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has already welcomed 3,000 Original Members. “It’s a rewarding testimony to the excitement and anticipation of the Museum’s opening on 11-11-11,” said Don Bacigalupi, Crystal Bridges executive director. “The response has exceeded our expectations. People are calling, faxing, mailing, emailing and using our website to purchase memberships. And it’s not slowing down.” As the museum continues to receive additional members, the staff and volunteers want to show their appreciation for the outpouring of support. “We have decided to extend the Nov. 9 members-only preview event to member number 3,001 and beyond by keeping the doors open 24 hours,” said Kathryn Roberts, director of member and guest services. Every member will be notified in early fall about the process for securing their timed tickets for the preview. The initial 3,000 members will have the first opportunity to select their preferred time followed by subsequent Original Members. Original Membership benefits apply through Nov. 30, 2012. Memberships can still be purchased by calling (479) 418-5728 or by visiting crystalbridges.org.