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Accreditation Program Costs

Alliance membership is not required for accreditation but certain levels of membership offer substantial savings on accreditation fees. Membership dues are billed separately from Accreditation fees.

Accreditation Application

There is no fee to apply.


A review fee is due at the time the Self-Study is submitted and is based on the museum’s Alliance membership status at that time. The review fee covers the costs associated with the administration of a museum’s re/accreditation review. No refunds or adjustments will be made once the Self-Study is submitted. The fee may be paid as a lump sum or in 3 or 5 annual installments (10% surcharge applies and is collected with the 1st payment).

Tier 3 Member Museum

Tier 2 Member Museum

Tier 1 Member Museum

Non-member Museum

Site Visit Expenses

The museum is responsible for expenses related to the accreditation site visit: travel, accommodation, meals, and related incidentals for two peer reviewers for a 1.5 – 3 day visit. Very large museum systems may require three reviewers. Site visit expenses are reimbursed to the peer reviewers by the Alliance and the Alliance invoices the museum a few weeks after the site visit.

Costs vary based on museum location, number of days, mode of travel, etc.

We suggest that museums budget $1,700-$2,400

Annual Participation Fee

Museums pay an Accreditation Program participation fee each year except the year the Self-Study is due (pay the Review Fee instead). This fee applies to a calendar year and is displayed as a range depending on a combination of your museum’s next/last Self-Study due date and its AAM member level (see more details below). Read more  about the Annual Participation Fee.

Tier 3 Member Museum

Tier 2 Member Museum

Tier 1 Member Museum

Non-member Museum

Accreditation fees cover about 50 percent of the annual costs of operating the Accreditation Program each year. The other half is subsidized by general operating funds generated from member dues and revenue from other Alliance products and services.

Nonpayment of fees may jeopardize the museum’s accredited status.


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