Accreditation

As the museum field’s mark of distinction since 1971, accreditation offers high profile, peer-based validation of your museum’s operations and impact. Accreditation increases your museum’s credibility and value to funders, policy makers, insurers, community and peers. Accreditation is a powerful tool to leverage change and helps facilitate loans between institutions.
 
Accreditation is based on the core standards for museums: the Characteristics of Excellence. The accreditation process is centered on self-study and peer review and takes 8-16 months to complete, every ten years.Use the links to the right to learn more about the process, benefits, statistics, and which museums are accredited.
 
Learn more about the Continuum of Excellence and how to use it as your pathway to accreditation.

Learn more about the Small Museums Accreditation Academy. A year-long Accreditation readiness program. At the end of the program a museum will have its core documents verified, have a stronger culture of excellence and be poised to apply for Accreditation.