Allegations of Unprofessional Practices at AAM-Accredited Museums

The Accreditation Commission requires accredited museums to undergo periodic reaccreditation reviews to ensure they continue to meet fieldwide standards and ethics. However, the Commission may act on allegations of unprofessional practice brought to its attention by an outside party or initiate its own inquiry based on information acquired from various sources, at any time.

This process is guided by these two policies:

Allegations of Unprofessional Practices Policy

Examination of Facts

If you have serious concerns about the professional practices at an accredited institution:

    1. Read the above policies carefully.
    2. Review both The Framework for Museum Excellence and the Core Standards for Museums.
    3. If you feel your concerns fall within the Accreditation Commission’s purview and are interested in the possibility of filing a formal allegation, email the Accreditation Program ( with a brief summary of the situation. Staff will advise you on the appropriate next steps.

AAM Member-Only Content

AAM Members get exclusive access to premium digital content including:

  • Featured articles from Museum magazine
  • Access to more than 1,500 resource listings from the Resource Center
  • Tools, reports, and templates for equipping your work in museums
Log In

We're Sorry

Your current membership level does not allow you to access this content.

Upgrade Your Membership

Subscribe to Field Notes!

Packed with stories and insights for museum people, Field Notes is delivered to your inbox every Monday. Once you've completed the form below, confirm your subscription in the email sent to you.

If you are a current AAM member, please sign-up using the email address associated with your account.

Are you a museum professional?

Are you a current AAM member?

Success! Now check your email to confirm your subscription, and please add to your safe sender list.