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Honored to have Received Highest National Recognition

December 31, 2013

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History 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.

“We could not be more proud to have finally reached such an impressive pinnacle of professional practice and major milestone in continuing advancement at our Museum,” said Jim Walther, Museum Director. “This is truly a significant step in our institutional maturity and growth, as it brings our effort to operate the Museum in line with the standard of practice and care expected by major museums.”

Of the nation’s estimated 17,500 museums, 1,005 are currently accredited. The National Museum of Nuclear Museum of Nuclear Science & History is one of only 11 museums accredited in New Mexico. 

“Accreditation assures the people of Albuquerque that their museum is among the finest in the nation,” said Ford W. Bell, president of the Alliance. “As a result, the citizens can take considerable pride in their homegrown 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, review and evaluate 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.

“This prestigious accreditation places our Museum in the company of a select few who also strive for excellence,” said Walther. “This is a wonderful affirmation that we excel as a high-quality institution within our industry.”

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