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ADK Museum receives national recognition from AAM

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE - After finishing another successful season, The Adirondack Museum has achieved accreditation from the American Association of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition for a museum. Accreditation signifies its excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public.

For almost 40 years the accreditation program has served as the field's primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation, public accountability and earns national recognition for a museum for its commitment to excellence in all that it does. The Adirondack Museum was honored for its governance, collections stewardship, public programs, financial stability, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement.

Developed and sustained by museum professionals, the accreditation program reflects, reinforces, and promotes best practices, institutional ethics and the highest standards of museum operations.

The Adirondack Museum first received AAM accreditation in 1973 and was re-accredited in 1985, 1998 and now in

2010.

"We are very honored that the Adirondack Museum continues to be recognized for meeting the highest standards of museum practice," said Interim Director Michael Lombardi. "The accreditation validates the ongoing work of our staff and points the way towards continued success in the future."

Of the nation's estimated 17,500 museums, 775 are currently accredited. The Adirondack Museum joins the Albany Institute of History and Art, The Strong Museum, The Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages as well as eight other history museums accredited in New York State.

"Accreditation assures the people of the Adirondacks 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 institution, for its commitment to excellence and for the value it brings to the community as a whole."

Accreditation is a rigorous process that examines all aspects of a museum's operations. To earn accreditation, The Adirondack Museum conducted a year of self-study, then underwent a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. AAM's Accreditation Commission, an independent and autonomous body of museum professionals, reviewed and evaluated the self-study and visiting committee report to determine whether the museum should receive accreditation. While the time to complete the process varies by museum, it took roughly three years.

The Adirondack Museum will open for its 54th season May 27, 2011 and will introduce two new exhibits - "The Adirondack World of A.F. Tait" and "Night Vision: The Wildlife Photography of Hobart V. Roberts" as well as offer a full schedule of programs, special events, and activities for families.

For more information about The Adirondack Museum, call 352-7311 or visit www.adirondackmuseum.org.

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