The Museum of Glass recently announced it has achieved accreditation from the American Association of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition for a museum. The AAM, a non-profit which keeps data and resources on American museums, awards accreditation to museums that reach standards of excellence in governance, collections stewardship, public programs, financial stability, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement.
To mark the occasion, MoG is opening the museum free to all visitors on Sept. 25, National Museum Day.
“Accreditation assures the people of the Pacific Northwest that their 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 their homegrown institution, for its commitment to excellence and for the value it brings to the community.”
The Museum of Glass, now eight years old, joins Tacoma Art Museum and the Washington State History museum in being one of 775 AAM accredited institutions in the country. There are 17,500 museums in all, according to AAM. 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, then reviews and evaluates the self-study and visiting committee report to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation. The entir process takes around three years.
“We’re excited. In the museum world, accreditation is a widely recognized seal of approval,” explained Timothy Close, director and CEO of Museum of Glass. “It is a significant accomplishment, especially for a young museum.”
MoG is located at 1801 Dock St., Tacoma. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. third Thursday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Regular admission: $12/$10/$5 ages 6-12/free for under-six and third Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. 866-4-MUSEUM, www.museumofglass.org