Alliance Announces Eleven Newly Accredited Museums and 21 Museums Re-Accredited

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 2013 – The American Alliance of Museums has announced that eleven museums were newly accredited and 21 museums earned re-accreditation at the March 2013 meeting of the Accreditation Commission. Accredited status from the Alliance is the highest national recognition achievable by an American museum. 

Accreditation recognizes high standards in individual museums and ensures that museums continue to uphold their public trust responsibilities. Developed and sustained by museum professionals for over 40 years, the museum accreditation program is the field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation and public accountability. Alliance accreditation signifies excellence and accountability to the entire museum community, to governments and outside agencies and to the museum-going public.

This group of accredited museums is representative of the breadth and scope of America’s museums, encompassing all types and sizes of institutions and every region of the country. It includes such diverse institutions as the Haggin Museum in California, Morris Museum in New Jersey and the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University in Alabama, as well as museums focused on quilts, tennis, glass, and watches. There are also museums which tell the stories and preserve the legacies of Frederick Douglass, Woodrow Wilson and sculptor Marshall Fredericks. The Springfield Museums, a museum system, is celebrating having its entire system of six museums accredited for the first time whereas only two sites were accredited before.

“Accredited museums have met and exceeded the highest standards of the museum field, in everything they do,” said Ford W. Bell, Alliance president. “Accreditation is clearly a significant achievement, of which both the institutions and the communities they serve can be extremely proud.”

The following museums were awarded accreditation. First-time accredits are indicated with an asterisk:

  • Asheville Art Museum, North Carolina
  • Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, Maine
  • Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  • Des Moines Art Center, Iowa*
  • Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, Florida
  • Fort Bend County Museum Association, Richmond, Texas
    • Decker Park
    • DeWalt Heritage Center
    • Fort Bend Museum
    • George Ranch Historical Park
    • McFarlane House
  • Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Washington, D.C.
  • Grout Museum District, Waterloo, Iowa
    • Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum
    • Grout Museum of History & Science
    • Bluedorn Science Imaginarium
    • Rensselaer Russell House Museum
    • Snowden House
  • Haggin Museum, Stockton, California
  • International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska*
  • International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, Newport, Rhode Island*
  • Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama*
  • Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, University Center, Michigan*
  • Morris Museum, Morristown, New Jersey
  • Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Village, Millville, New Jersey
  • National Watch & Clock Museum, Columbia, Pennsylvania*
  • Smithsonian Gardens, Washington, D.C.*
  • Springfield Museums, Springfield, Massachusetts*
    • Connecticut Valley Historical Museum
    • D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts*
    • G.W.V. Smith Art Museum*
    • Springfield Science Museum
    • Wood Museum of Springfield History*
  • Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Foundation, Staunton, Virginia

Of the nation’s estimated 17,500 museums, over 1,000 are currently accredited. To earn accreditation a museum first must conduct a year of self-study, then undergo a site visit by a two-person team of peers. The Accreditation Commission, an autonomous body of museum professionals appointed by the alliance Board, considers the self-study and site visit report to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation.

For more information about the Alliance and the Accreditation Program, including a complete list of accredited museums, please visit

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