A shrinking percentage of America’s 17,500 museums receive federal funding. Considering that 37 percent of museums did not charge admission in 2012, this places enormous pressure on museum staff to obtain external funding for things like facility maintenance, research, collection care, exhibits, public programs and needs.
“Accredited museums are looked up to as leaders in the field, and we encourage you to proactively fulfill this responsibility by serving as a mentor and resource for other museums,” wrote Burt Logan, chair of the accreditation commission.
As the mark of an industry leader, accreditation also improves relationships among museums, which can result in greater loans for research and an increase in traveling exhibits. Though many museums apply for accreditation through AAM each year not all are accepted, making this a significant achievement.
The Sam Noble Museum is proud to be one of only 1,005 accredited museums in the nation. The certificate, recognizing great achievement in professionalism, is on display in the museum’s lobby to offer visitors confidence in the nationally recognized quality of their museum.
The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is located on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus at Timberdell Road and Chautauqua Avenue. For accommodations on the basis of disability, call 325-4712 or go online to SamNoble
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