Block Museum gets national recognition

    Northwestern’s Block Museum won “the highest national recognition for a museum in the United States” from the American Association of Museums, the university announced Monday.

    The AAM, which bills itself as “the only organization representing the entire scope of museums,” gave the museum accreditation, an honor it gives to fewer than 5 percent of the nation’s museums.

    “Since the first museums were accredited in 1971, the AAM Accreditation Program has recognized museums’ commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement,” according to the organization’s Web site.

    This new status comes courtesy of a year-long “self-study” by Block’s staff and board of advisers, and a report from a group of their peers.


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