The Washington State History Museum in Tacoma once again received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums, making it one of roughly 22 percent of history museums in the nation that achieve accredited status.
Accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums is considered the highest national recognition for museums. It signifies excellence within the museum community, governments, donors, agencies, and the public.
All museums are reviewed every 10 years and the Washington State History Museum has been accredited since 2004. The Alliance’s accreditation is the primary indicator for quality and public accountability — helping to ensure museums are acting with fiscal wisdom and are providing the best service to the community.
The accreditation process includes a year-long self-study and a site visit by a team of peer reviewers, and then the accreditation commission decides if the museum should be granted accreditation.
“We are proud to be an accredited institution,” said WSHS Director Jennifer Kilmer in a written statement. “Going through the reaccreditation process ensures we continue to put our best foot forward and meet or exceed standards for best practices in everything from collections storage to visitor services. We’re honored to provide excellent service to citizens and visitors in Washington through the History Museum in Tacoma and the Society’s other programs.”