Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne recently announced the re-accreditation of the Louisiana State Museum by the American Association of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. The Historic New Orleans Collection also received re-accreditation.

“Accreditation signifies quality, accountability and professionalism in all aspects of museum operations,” Dardenne said. “Louisiana can be proud of these great institutions. We congratulate the boards and staff of the Louisiana State Museum and The Historic New Orleans Collection for once again meeting the rigorous standards of the AAM.”

“Accreditation is emblematic of an institution’s commitment to public service and to overall excellence,” AAM President Ford Bell said. “Attaining accreditation involves taking a hard look at yourself, allowing your peers in the field to do the same, and being judged to be superior in all areas. The people of Louisiana can take great pride in the fact that both the Louisiana State Museum and The Historic New Orleans Collection are ranked among America’s premier museums.”

Initially accredited in 1976, the Louisiana State Museum was subsequently accredited every 10 years until 2005 when hurricanes Katrina and Rita disrupted the meticulous process of self-study and professional peer review required by AAM.

The Historic New Orleans Collection initially was accredited in 1978 and subsequently accredited thereafter.

The American Association of Museums accredits only 775 of the nation’s estimated 17,500 museums. The Louisiana State Museum and The Historic New Orleans Collection are among 12 museums in the state and five in New Orleans to be accredited. Other local accredited museums include Hermann-Grima and Gallier Historic Houses, Longue Vue House and Gardens and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

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