(AUBURN, IN) – The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum has again achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum was initially accredited in 1997. All museums must undergo a reaccreditation review at least every 10 years to maintain accredited status.
Alliance Accreditation brings national recognition to a museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement. Developed and sustained by museum professionals for over 45 years, the Alliance’s museum accreditation program is the field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation, and public accountability. It strengthens the museum profession by promoting practices that enable leaders to make informed decisions, allocate resources wisely, and remain financially and ethically accountable in order to provide the best possible service to the public.
“Accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums signifies that the Museum is committed to excellence through the highest professional standards for education, public service, collections care, good governance practices, and ethical behavior,” states Brandon J. Anderson, Executive Director & CEO of the museum. “We are very proud of our museum and this recognition further validates our hard work and commitment to being a top-tier institution that serves the public.”
The museum’s reaccreditation report authored by its peer reviewers stated, “ACDAM is exemplary in many ways. The quality of its overall presentation is commendable, and local community members and enthusiasts of vintage automobiles and Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg products appear to hold it in very high regard. Its connections to the historic structure that it occupies is strong and unique as well. The museum field should be very proud of having this institution in its ranks.”
Of the nation’s estimated 33,000 museums, just over 1070 are currently accredited. The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is one of only 26 museums accredited in Indiana.
Accreditation is a very rigorous but highly rewarding process that examines all aspects of a museum’s operations. To earn accreditation a museum first must conduct a year of self-study, and then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. AAM’s Accreditation Commission, an independent and autonomous body of museum professionals, considers the self-study and visiting committee report to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation.
“Accredited museums are a community of institutions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to excellence,” said Laura L. Lott, Alliance president and CEO. “Accreditation is clearly a significant achievement, of which both the institutions and the communities they serve can be extremely proud.”
About Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum
The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum – where the world’s finest cars of yesterday live today! Over 120 classic, antique, vintage, and special interest cars are displayed with other automotive related exhibits on three floors. The museum is in the original 1930s national headquarters of the legendary Auburn Automobile Company and is a National Historic Landmark. The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is one of just 26 museums in Indiana accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, signifying a continued commitment to excellence, accountability, and continued institutional improvement. The museum is open from 9:00am – 5:00pm daily. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Visit the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, a place where automotive history comes to life! 1600 S. Wayne St. Auburn, IN, 46706 | (260) 925-1444 | automobilemuseum.org.
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