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Silver City Museum receives
AAM accreditation

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The Silver City Museum has achieved the highest recognition for a museum, accreditation by the American Association of Museums (AAM).

AAM Accreditation signifies excellence within the museum community. It is a seal of approval and strengthens individual museums and the entire field by promoting ethical and professional practices. Being accredited enables museum leaders to make informed decisions, allocate and use resources wisely, and maintain the strictest accountability to the public they serve.

Of the nation’s nearly 16,000 museums over 750 are currently accredited. It is a rigorous but highly rewarding process that examines all aspects of a museum’s operations. The Silver City Museum is one of only 13 museums accredited in New Mexico.

The Museum’s AAM accreditation was announced today at a meeting of the Silver City Town Council by Sandra Hicks, Museum Board President, and Susan Berry, Museum Director. “This is the culmination of a five-year journey, which included an exhaustive self-study and peer review process,” Berry said. “As the highest honor a museum can attain in this country, accreditation is a great distinction both for the Museum and for the entire community.”

Focusing on the regional history of southwest New Mexico, the Silver City Museum was founded in 1967. It is a department of the Town of Silver City, with additional support from the Silver City Museum Society and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Museum, located at 312 W. Broadway in Silver City, is open to the public free of charge six days a week, and offers long-term and temporary exhibitions, a regional history research library, an extensive photo archive, educational outreach services, a year-round calendar of public programming, and an active volunteer program.

More information can be obtained by visiting the Museum’s website or telephoning (505) 538-5921.