The San Diego Air & Space Museum (SDASM) has been awarded accreditation from the American Association of Museums.
Accreditation is the museum profession’s primary formal acknowledgement of quality assurance, self-regulation and public accountability, museum officials explained. It grants national recognition for a museum’s commitment to excellence, governance, collections stewardship/management, public programs, financial stability, exceptional professional standards, and continued institutional improvement.
Of the nation’s estimated 17,500 museums, 775 are currently accredited. SDASM is one of only 59 accredited museums in California and became the first AAM-accredited, aero-themed museum in 1986.
Accreditation is a rigorous process examining every aspect of a museum’s operations. To earn accreditation, a museum must first conduct a year of self-study, then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. AAM’s Accreditation Commission, an independent and autonomous body of museum professionals, review and evaluate the self-study and visiting committee report to determine whether a museum should be awarded accreditation. The accreditation process occurs every 10 years.