St. Joseph Museums, Inc. Receives Highest National Recognition Awarded Re-Accreditation

The St. Joseph Museums, Inc. 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 St. Joseph Museum has been continuously accredited since 1972.

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.

Of the nation’s estimated 33,000 museums, over 1090 are currently accredited. The St. Joseph Museums, which includes the Black Archives Museum of St. Joseph, Glore Psychiatric Museum, and the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, represent four of only 20 museums accredited in Missouri.

To earn accreditation a museum first must conduct a year of self-study, and then 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.

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