Of the nation’s estimated 35,000 museums, just over 1,000 are currently accredited
LAS VEGAS (March 2017) – The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, has been awarded accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded U.S. museums. This distinction means the museum meets National Standards and Best Practices for U.S. museums and joins a select community of institutions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to these standards and best practices. Applying for accreditation through AAM involves a rigorous process whereby museums must demonstrate excellence in core characteristics related to collections stewardship, organizational health, education, planning, public service and overall commitment to excellence.
In its letter notifying the Museum of its accreditation, the AAM Accreditation Committee stated, “The young museum has made tremendous strides in a short period of time, as evidenced by its sizeable visitation, financial resources, community presence and drive to be accredited so early in its institutional history. It is evident that the museum values its visitors; we commend the attention given to the visitor experience. It is also clear that the museum is delivering high-quality exhibitions and educational materials.”
On being awarded accreditation, The Mob Museum’s Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Ullman said, “Accreditation is a tremendous honor and a testament to the immense talent and deep commitment that exists throughout the entire organization—Board of Directors, employees and volunteers. Of course, this recognition could not have occurred so early in our growth without incredible community support.”
“Accredited museums are a community of institutions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to excellence,” said Laura L. Lott, AAM president and CEO. “Accreditation is clearly a significant achievement, of which both the institutions and the communities they serve can be extremely proud.”
Of the nation’s estimated 35,000 museums, just over 1,000 are currently accredited by the AAM. The Mob Museum is one of only five AAM-accredited museums in Nevada. Since 1906, the AAM has existed to develop standards and best practices, gather and share knowledge, and provide advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community.
ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through more than 2,000 artifacts and immersive storylines. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums,” USA Today’s “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times, one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine and “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine. Admission is $23.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for online purchase, children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for up-to-date operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit themobmuseum.org. Connect on Facebook at facebook.com/themobmuseum.org or Twitter @themobmuseum.
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. Representing more than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance is the only organization representing the entire scope of the broad museum community. For more information, visit www.aam-us.org.