The American Association of Museums, based in Washington, D.C., announced that the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh has been awarded re-accreditation. Accredited status from the AAM is the highest national recognition achievable by an American museum. This honor recognizes high standards in individual museums and ensures that museums continue to uphold their public trust.
During a recent meeting of the Accreditation Commission, an autonomous body of museum professionals appointed by the AAM Board, three museums were awarded accreditation, and 34 earned re-accreditation. Of the nation’s estimated 17,500 museums, 777 are currently accredited.
“We are very excited to be one of only 4 percent of museums in the entire country that is accredited by the American Association of Museums,” says Ken Howard, Director, N.C. Museum of History. “The museum staff worked very hard to make sure that our museum met all the detailed requirements for re-accreditation.” The Museum of History has been accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1972.
To earn accreditation, a museum must conduct a year of self-study prior to a site visit by a two-person team of peers. The Accreditation Commission considers the self-study and site visit report to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation. While the time to complete the process varies by museum, it generally takes three years.
“Accreditation is an entirely self-motivated process and is no small task,” said Ford W. Bell, AAM president. “Accreditation is clearly a significant achievement. But put simply, it means the citizens of the communities served by these museums have in their midst one of America’s finest museums.”
For details about AAM and the Accreditation Program, including a complete list of accredited museums, please visit www.aam-us.org. For more information about the Museum of History, call 919-807-7900 or go to ncmuseumofhistory.org or Facebook®.
The N.C. Museum of History’s hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Located at 5 E. Edenton St., the museum is part of the Division of State History Museums, Office of Archives and History, an agency of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, www.ncculture.com.