Less Than Five Percent of Museums Nationwide Reach Accreditation Status

HONOLULU – The Bishop Museum has received reaccreditation by the American Association of Museums (AAM) for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement.

Since 1971, accreditation by the AAM is a widely recognized seal of approval that brings national recognition to museums, regardless of their size or location. Museums already accredited undergo a subsequent accreditation review ("reaccreditation") every ten years.

"By achieving reaccreditation, the Bishop Museum has confirmed something that the people of Hawaii likely already knew," said Laura Lott, chief operating officer of the American Association of Museums, on hand to honor the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. "Simply, it is one of America's finest museums, exceeding the highest standards in all that it does -- its governance, its collections stewardship, its public and educational programming and its overall operations. AAM salutes the Bishop Museum for its record of excellence, and for building such strong ties to its community here in paradise."

“As less than 5% of all museums in the United States achieve accreditation, this is a great honor to be reaccredited by the American Association of Museums,” said Blair Collis, Bishop Museum president and CEO. “Our initial accreditation was in 1975, and to have this designation brings us continued credibility and accountability, increased leverage and support, and makes us a stronger institution that we can all be proud of.”
Bishop Museum received notice in April of this year that it had achieved reaccreditation, but Laura Lott’s presence in Hawai‘i enabled AAM to officially present Collis with Bishop Museum’s reaccreditation certificate earlier today, June 25, 2012.

The AAM 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.

About Bishop Museum
The Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in memory of his wife Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last direct descendant of King Kamehameha I. Today, the Museum is recognized as the principal museum of the Pacific, housing the world’s largest collection of Hawaiian and Pacific artifacts and natural history specimens. More than 350,000 people visit the Museum each year, including over 40,000 schoolchildren. For more information, please call 808.847.3511 or visit

About the American Association of Museums (AAM)
The American Association of Museums’ mission is to strengthen museums through leadership, advocacy, collaboration and service. It 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. AAM currently represents more than 18,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, almost 3,000 institutions, and 250 corporate members. For more information visit

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