EVANSVILLE, Indiana (July 7, 2017) – The Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science has again achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies and to the museum-going public. The Evansville Museum has been accredited since the 1970s. All museums must undergo a reaccreditation review at least every 10 years to maintain accredited status.
Alliance Accreditation brings national recognition to a museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement. Developed and sustained by museum professionals for over 45 years, the Alliance’s museum accreditation program is the field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation and public accountability. It strengthens the museum profession by promoting practices that enable leaders to make informed decisions, allocate resources wisely and remain financially and ethically accountable in order to provide the best possible service to the public.
“We are thrilled to receive this prestigious honor and to be recognized for our continued dedication of arts, history and science programs, exhibitions, education and preservation,” stated Bryan W. Knicely, the Museum’s executive director. “The Museum continues to be the largest repository of art and artifacts and a cultural anchor for the region, and this endorsement will allow us to continue our great work for the community.”
Of the nation’s estimated 33,000 museums, approximately 1,000 are currently accredited. The Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science is one of only 22 museums accredited in Indiana.
Accreditation is a very rigorous but highly rewarding process that examines all aspects of a museum’s operations. To earn accreditation a museum first must conduct a year of self-study, and then the museum undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. AAM’s Accreditation Commission, an independent and autonomous body of museum professionals, considers the self-study and visiting committee report to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation.
“Accredited museums are a community of institutions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to excellence,” said Laura L. Lott, Alliance president and CEO. “Accreditation is clearly a significant achievement, of which both the institutions and the communities they serve can be extremely proud.”
The mission of the Evansville Museum is to enrich lives through preservation, exploration, enlightenment and amazement! We welcome everyone to participate in the Evansville Museum experience, and you may find more information at www.evansvillemuseum.org.
About the American Alliance of Museums
The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. Representing more than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance is the only organization representing the entire scope of the broad museum community. For more information, visit www.aam-us.org.