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S.C. State Museum achieves national accreditation

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The S.C. State Museum has again achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, keeping intact national recognition it first earned in 1993.

Of the nation’s estimated 33,000 museums, around 1070 are currently accredited, according to a news release from the museum. That includes 10% of the nation’s multidisciplinary museums and just 7% of state-governed museums.

Founded in 1906 and awarding accreditation for more than 45 years, the alliance is a network of museums designed to develop best practices and advocacy nationwide. Museums undergo an extensive review for re-accreditation every 10 years.

“We are extremely proud to once again receive this recognition and acknowledgement,” Willie Calloway, executive director of the S.C. State Museum, said in the release. “The museum commission, foundation board, staff and volunteers have and will always remain focused and committed to excellence, as we serve as the primary storytellers of South Carolina.”

To earn accreditation, a museum must conduct a year of self-study. A team of peer reviewers then visits the museum, and an accreditation commission reviews the self-study and the visiting team’s report.  

“Accredited museums are a community of institutions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to excellence,” Laura L. Lott, American Alliance of Museums president and CEO, said. “Accreditation is clearly a significant achievement, of which both the institutions and the communities they serve can be extremely proud.”

The S.C. State Museum was founded in 1988.

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