When Seattle Art Museum booked its Picasso blockbuster (which closes after January 17), the museum projected 220,000 visitors—nowhere near its 1999 Impressionism show, which drew a record 316,000.

But yesterday afternoon, SAM surpassed 325,000 visitors, and last Thursday was the best-attended First Thursday ever at the museum, with 11,000 visitors.

Picasso did what he came to do.