The attendance total has topped projections by about 5 percent since the institution opened, President Joe Daniels said.
The boom in tourism has been ten years in the making. It was spearheaded by Mayor Bloomberg.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg says 48.7 million people visited New York last year. That surpasses its 2008 record of 47 million.
The Big Apple is on track to host a record number of visitors in 2010.