Thursday, January 26, 2012

Four Memphis Museums Receive Top Accreditation

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 3:51 PM


The Dixon Gallery & Gardens, the Pink Palace Museum, and the National Civil Rights Museum joined the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art today with re-accreditation through the American Association of Museums (AAM). The esteemed award is considered the "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval" for museums, according to a news release issued today.

The re-accreditation runs through 2026. The Dixon, the Pink Palace, and the Civil Rights Museum received the honor today, while the Brooks was accredited in an earlier review cycle. The awards were announced today at Congressman Steve Cohen's office.

According to the AAM, there are 17,500 museums in the United States, and only 779 (5 percent) are accredited.

"Once again, these three outstanding museums have shown that they meet and exceed the highest
standards of our field," said AAM president Ford W. Bell. "The people of Memphis, who
have nurtured and supported these institutions, can take pride in the fact that, in their midst, they
have four of the finest museums in America, on a par with such museums as the Smithsonian
Institution in Washington, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and the Getty
Museum of Art in Los Angeles."

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