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American Alliance of Museums Announces Accreditations

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Students using washboards at Frying Pan Farm Park
Elementary school students learn to clean clothes on a washboard during a field trip to Frying Pan Farm Park. The working farm preserves and interprets farm life of the 1920s to 1950s. Photo courtesy of the Fairfax County Park Authority


Arlington, VA – The American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the only organization representing the entire scope of the museum community, today announced 22 museums were reaccredited, and one received its first-time accreditation, at the June 2018 meeting of the Accreditation Commission.

Through a rigorous process of self-assessment and review by their peers, these museums have demonstrated they meet standards and professional practices, and have shown themselves to be core educational entities that are good stewards of the collections and resources they hold in the public trust.

As the ultimate mark of distinction in the museum field, accreditation signifies excellence and credibility to the entire museum community, to governments and outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. Developed and sustained by museum professionals for almost 50 years, the museum accreditation program is the field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation, and public accountability. Accreditation helps to ensure the integrity and accessibility of museum collections, reinforce the educational and public service roles of museums, and promote good governance practices and ethical behavior.

The following museums were awarded accreditation. The first-time award is indicated with an asterisk:

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“I commend the staff, board and volunteers of these institutions for their focus and commitment to excellence,” said Accreditation Commission Chair Amy Bartow-Melia. “They’re an inspiration to our field and vital assets to the communities they serve.”

Of the nation’s estimated 33,000 museums, 1,070 are currently accredited. To earn accreditation, a museum submits a self-study questionnaire and key operational documents for evaluation, then undergoes a site visit by a two-person team of peer reviewers. The Accreditation Commission considers these results to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation.

For more information about the Alliance and the Accreditation Program, visit


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Harrison Communications



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