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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

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