Alliance Announces Three Newly Accredited Museums and Four Museums Re-Accredited

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 2014 –The American Alliance of Museums has announced that three museums were newly accredited and four museums earned re-accreditation at the February 10–11 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 credibility 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 Iolani Palace in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Rocky Mount Museum in Piney Flats, Tennessee, as well as museums focused on Oklahoma’s natural history, preserving the canal system in Pennsylvania, and exploring contemporary art. Two children’s museums received accreditation for the first time.

"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:

  • Children's Museum of Memphis, Tennessee*
  • Great Explorations Children's Museum, Saint Petersburg, Florida*
  • Iolani Palace, Honolulu*
  • National Canal Museum, Hugh Moore Historical Park & Museum, Easton, Pennsylvania
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • Rocky Mount Museum, Piney Flats, Tennessee
  • Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman

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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