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Utah Museum of Natural History Earns Re-Accredidation From American Association of Museums

The American Association of Museums announced the re-accreditation of The Utah Museum of Natural History at the University of Utah, a 15-year avouchment that recognizes the ongoing research and stewardship here at the Museum.

“This re-accreditation is a testament to the people who continue to work hard to further the Museum’s mission with their research and educational endeavors,” said Executive Director Dr. Sarah George.

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. For almost forty years the accreditation program has served as the fields primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation, and public accountability.

“This is a rigorous 27- to 38-month process that ensures that we are reinforcing and promoting best practices, institutional ethics and the high standards of museum operations,” noted George. “It’s a tremendous honor knowing that we are illuminating the natural world and the place of humans within it while maintaining the highest of industry standards.”

The Utah Museum of Natural History is an active research institution that cares for over 1.2 million objects. It provides unique natural history experiences to Utah residents and tourists through traveling and permanent exhibits, special events and other programs. The museum also offers a variety of outreach programs to communities and schools throughout Utah, reaching every school district in the state annually.

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