American Alliance of Museums Accreditation

The American Alliance of Museums has announced the Office of Historic Alexandria has earned accreditation as a museum system at the November 2012 meeting of the Accreditation Commission. Accredited status from the Alliance is the highest national recognition achievable by an American museum.

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Ford Bell, President of the Alliance, recognized the City for this great achievement at an event at the Lyceum on January 24, 2013.

The Office of Historic Alexandria is only one of eight municipal organizations across the country accredited for their museum systems. Other accredited Virginia museum systems include Fairfax County and Newport News.

Accreditation recognizes high standards in individual museums and ensures that museums continue to uphold their public trust. Developed and sustained by museum professionals for more than 40 years, the Alliance’s museum accreditation program is the field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation and public accountability.

Of the nation’s estimated 21,000 museums, 995 are currently accredited, as well as 69 museum systems. To earn accreditation, a museum first must conduct a year of self-study, and then undergo a site visit by a two-person team of peers. The Accreditation Commission, an autonomous body of museum professionals appointed by the Alliance Board, considers the self-study and site visit report to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation.

Office of Historic Alexandria

The Office of Historic Alexandria accreditation includes all of the museums owned and operated by the City of Alexandria. Fort Ward, Gadsby's Tavern and The Lyceum were re-accredited, while the other sites were accredited for the first time.

  • Alexandria Archaeology Museum
  • Alexandria Black History Museum
  • Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum
  • African American Heritage Park
  • Fort Ward
  • Friendship Firehouse Museum
  • Gadsby's Tavern
  • Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

About the American Alliance of Museums

The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. With more than 18,000 individual, 3,000 institutional and 300 corporate members, the Alliance is dedicated to ensuring that museums remain a vital part of the American landscape, connecting people with the greatest achievements of the human experience, past, present and future.

For more information about the Alliance and the Accreditation Program, including a complete list of accredited museums, please visit