In May of 2005 the Middlebury College Museum of Art was awarded accreditation by the American Association of Museums. Accreditation by AAM is among the highest of recognitions bestowed on museums in the United States. AAM accreditation signifies excellence within the museum community. It is a seal of approval and strengthens individual museums and the entire field by promoting ethical and professional practices.
Of the nation’s nearly 16,000 museums fewer than 5 percent are currently accredited. It is a rigorous but highly rewarding process that begins with the museum’s application to join the accreditation program. Once accepted into the program, the applicant museum then completes an in-depth yearlong self-study designed to examine all aspects of the museum’s operations. AAM then assigns a team of museum professionals drawn from peer institutions to visit the applicant museum and review its operations. The visiting committee reports its findings to AAM who then either accepts or declines the museum’s request for accreditation.
The Middlebury College Museum of Art is one of only five museums accredited in the state of Vermont.
Accreditation by AAM provides public recognition of the high caliber of programs, exhibitions, and operations maintained by Museum of Art staff. It affirms the high standards to which the Museum aspires, and it affords us even greater opportunities to bring to Middlebury exhibits and loans of artwork of cultural and art historical significance.
As the national service organization representing the American museum community, the American Association of Museums addresses the needs of museums to enhance their ability to serve the public. For more information about AAM and the Accreditation Program please visit www.aam-us.org.