Triangle, VA - The National Museum of the Marine Corps has achieved accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition for a museum. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public.
AAM Accreditation is the field's primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation, and public accountability, and earns national recognition for a museum for its commitment to excellence in all that it does: governance, collections stewardship, public programs, financial stability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement. Developed and sustained by museum professionals for 35 years, AAM's Museum Accreditation program strengthens the profession by promoting practices that enable leaders to make informed decisions, allocate resources wisely, and to provide the best possible service to the public.
"It's rather unusual for a museum to achieve accreditation at such a young age, and certainly on the first review, but it's not surprising to me. The National Museum of the Marine Corps is run with the same standards as the Marine Corps itself and we accept nothing less than excellence. We are blessed with a dedicated, talented staff, all of whom are committed to excelling beyond the standards," said Lin Ezell, Museum Director.
Of the nation's estimated 17,500 museums, 779 are currently accredited. The NMMC is one of the few museums accredited in Virginia.
"Accreditation assures the people of the United States that their Marine Corps museum is among the finest in the nation," said Ford W. Bell, president of AAM. "As a result, the citizens can take considerable pride in this national institution, for its commitment to excellence and for the value it brings to the community."
Accreditation is a rigorous process that examines all aspects of a museum's operations. To earn accreditation, a museum first must conduct a year of self-study, then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. AAM's Accreditation Commission, an independent and autonomous body of museum professionals, reviews and evaluates the self-study and visiting committee report to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation. While the time to complete the process varies by museum, it generally takes three years.
"The committee is the ultimate decider and they decided the National Museum of the Marine Corps worthy. They were particularly impressed with the universal acclaim, educational programs, and outreach to school children," said Bell. "The National Museum of the Marine Corps has proved itself to be one of America's greatest museums, serving not only Marine Corps families, but our entire nation."
The National Museum of the Marine Corps is located at 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway in Triangle, VA, and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except December 25. Admission and parking are free. For more information, please call 703-784-6107.
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. With more than 17,000 individual, 3,000 institutional, and 300 corporate members, AAM is dedicated to ensuring that museums remain a vital part of the American landscape, connecting people with the greatest achievements of the human experience, past, present and future. For more information, visit www.aam-us.org