American Alliance of Museums Accreditation
Since 1993, the Missouri History Museum has been accredited by the American Association of Museums (now known as the American Alliance of Museums).
Within the museum field, AAM accreditation is the primary vehicle for quality assurance; self-regulation; and public accountability. It is national recognition of a museum’s commitment to excellence in governance, collections stewardship, public programs, financial stability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement.
According to the AAM: “As the museum’s field’s mark of distinction, accreditation offers high profile, peer-based validation of a museum’s operations and impact. Accreditation increases a museum’s credibility and value to funders, policy makers, community, and peers. Accreditation is a powerful tool to leverage change and helps facilitate loans between museums.”
To be accredited by AAM, the Missouri History Museum met the Characteristics of Excellence for U.S. Museums, including education and interpretation, leadership, fiscal responsibility, and transparency.
National Award for Museum Services
The Missouri History Museum was the first recipient of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Award for Museum Services in 1994. Recipients of the award are chosen for their innovative approaches to public service, and for their success in improving communities and making a difference in people’s lives. The award is the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries for extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental, and social contributions.
IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 17,500 museums. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development.