The Alliance Announces Eight Newly Accredited Museums and Four Museums Re-Accredited

WASHINGTON, DC, November 2013 – The American Alliance of Museums has announced that eight museums were newly accredited and four museums earned re-accreditation at the October 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 a naval museum in Washington State, a paleontological site in the Black Hills of South Dakota, a federalist country home outside of Boston and two different Jewish museums. The Museo Universitario de Historia, Antropologia y Arte is the first academic museum in Puerto Rico to achieve accreditation.

“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 newest to join the distinguished list of accredited institutions are:

  • Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin
  • Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs, Florida
  • Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago
  • Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota
  • Museo Universitario de Historia, Antropologia y Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Puget Sound Navy Museum, Bremerton, Washington
  • Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma

The following museums were awarded subsequent accreditation:

  • Gore Place Society, Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Jewish Museum of Maryland, Baltimore
  • Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, Connecticut
  • MIT Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Of the nation’s estimated 17,500 museums, over 1,000 are currently accredited. To earn accreditation a museum first must conduct a self-study, and 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 www.aam-us.org.

About the American Alliance of Museums

The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. With more than 18,000 individual, 3,000 institutional and 300 corporate members, the Alliance is dedicated to ensuring that museums remain a vital part of the American landscape, connecting people with the greatest achievements of the human experience, past, present and future. For more information, visit www.aam-us.org.

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