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Anchorage Museum Receives Highest National Recognition


The American Association of Museums (AAM) announced today the Anchorage Museum has again achieved accreditation, the highest national recognition for a museum.

"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 a truly outstanding museum."

AAM's museum accreditation program is the field's primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation and public accountability. Of the nation's estimated 17,500 museums, 775 are currently accredited.

"AAM accreditation places the Anchorage Museum among the top 5 percent of museums in our nation," said James Pepper Henry, Anchorage Museum Director and CEO. "It provides the credentials necessary for our institution to host some of the most exciting exhibits and programs the world has to offer."

Accreditation signifies that a museum fulfills its obligations to the public as set forth in its mission. The Anchorage Museum was initially accredited in 1979. All museums must undergo a reaccreditation review at least every 10 years to maintain accredited status. For the newly expanded Anchorage Museum, accreditation recognizes a commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement.

Accreditation is a rigorous but highly rewarding process examining all aspects of a museum's operations. A museum must conduct a year of self-study and then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. AAM's Accreditation Commission considers the self-study and site visit report to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation. The process can take up to three years.

The Anchorage Museum is the largest museum in Alaska, and one of the top 10 most visited attractions in the state. The museum's mission is to share and connect Alaska with the world through art, history and science. Learn more at www.anchoragemuseum.org.

The American Association of Museums is dedicated to ensuring museums remain a vital part of the American landscape, connecting people with the greatest achievements of the human experience, past, present and future. Learn more at www.aam-us.org<http://www.aam-us.org/>.

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