Attendance records were set during the first three months of 1991 at the LDS Museum of Church History and Art.

Director Glen Leonard said the museum welcomed 3,447 visitors on March 29, surpassing the previous record by 891 set in 1984.During March the museum had a total of 19,923 visitors, surpassing the previous best record for March by 4,600, with the previous mark also set in 1984.

During the first quarter of 1991, a record number of visitors - 45,364 - visited the museum, compared with 44,042 for the same period in 1988.

The museum sponsored an awards ceremony March 29 for the opening of a new exhibit, "Themes from the Scriptures," in which 220 works of art were exhibited from 41 countries.

Awards were presented to 36 winners in the second international churchwide art competition at the ceremony, which was held in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square and attended by approximately 1,200 people.

Entries in the competition, which features the most diverse single-exhibit collection of contemporary art ever in the state, will be displayed until Sept. 2, said Richard Oman, the museum's senior curator.