Skip to content

Eligibility

Approved by the Accreditation Commission on December 3, 2004; effective January 1, 2005.

To participate in the Alliance’s Accreditation Program, a museum must:

  • Be a legally organized nonprofit institution or part of a nonprofit organization or government entity
  • Be essentially educational in nature
  • Have a formally stated and approved mission
  • Use and interpret objects or a site for the public presentation of regularly scheduled programs and exhibits
  • Have a formal and appropriate program of documentation, care, and use of collections or objects
  • Carry out the above functions primarily at a physical facility or site
  • Have been open to the public for at least two years
  • Be open to the public at least 1,000 hours a year
  • Have accessioned 80 percent of its permanent collection
  • Have at least one paid professional staff with museum knowledge and experience
  • Have a full-time director to whom authority is delegated for day-to-day operations
  • Have the financial resources sufficient to operate effectively

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 communications@aam-us.org to your safe sender list.