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Seven-Plus Years After It Opened, Nasher Sculpture Center Celebrates One Millionth Visitor

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From the day the Nasher Sculpture Center first opened its doors in October 2003, until 11 a.m. this morning, just under one million people had walked through its gates -- 104 less than a million, in fact.

As students from Stonewall Jackson Elementary filed in this morning, though, the museum celebrated the arrival of its one-millionth visitor, who turned out to be a fourth-grade art teacher, Cheri Flynn.

To celebrate the occasion, the museum offered free admission until 1 p.m.

Flynn, who is a regular visitor to the Nasher with her students, got a "million-minute membership" -- good for two years' free admission to the place -- and a few selections from the gift shop.

"It means I can come as often as I want," Flynn said, though she added she'd definitely bring her students along.

That's good because the actual millionth visitor appeared to have been the fourth-grader who walked just ahead of Flynn. Nasher spokeswoman Kristen Gibbins, said beforehand that if the milestone landed on a student, it'd be the student's teacher accepting the reward, standing for photographs, and dealing with the press.

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