Maryhill Museum of Art has been awarded the highest honor a museum can receive: accreditation by the American Association of Museums.
Accreditation certifies that a museum operates according to standards set forth by the museum profession, manages its collections responsibly and provides quality service to the public. Of the 8,000 museums nationwide, only 750 are accredited, with only 15 in Washington and Oregon.
"We hope everyone in the Northwest shares our pride in having earned this prestigious honor," said Colleen Schafroth, executive director of Maryhill Museum. "This process was rigorous and demanding, as we examined virtually every aspect of our museum's operations; a year of self-study and an on-site review by a team of experienced museum professionals was required."
"Receiving accreditation is a wonderful way to top off a year in which we nearly completed $2.6 million in renovations to our building," said Barbara Bailey, president of the museum's board of trustees. "The buildings operating, lighting and climate control systems are now up to the same professional level as our exhibitions and programs."
Accreditation is one of several programs offered by the American Association of Museums to help museums achieve and maintain current standards of quality and excellence in the museum profession. AAM is a national organization, with its headquarters in Washington, D.C., that has served the museum profession since 1906.