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Tempe History Museum receives National Accreditation, industry’s highest honor

Post Date:04/20/2017 4:00 PM

museum picThe Tempe History Museum has been awarded the highest honor of National Accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, an organization that recognizes institutions that meet or exceed national museum standards. The museum joins the ranks of some of the most recognizable institutions in the Phoenix-metro area and nationwide.

The accreditation process took several years and involved an in-depth self-assessment by city staff, peer reviews and an analysis of the museum’s management of resources. In particular, the Tempe History Museum was recognized for its openness to engaging in partnerships and listening to public feedback. It was also given high marks for its well-maintained, well-catalogued collections, many of which are digitally accessible. Additionally, it was recognized for its educational programs and how relevant they are to classroom instruction.

Tempe’s Public Works and IT departments also played a role in the accreditation, along with the History Museum and Library Advisory Board, Tempe Historical Society and the African American Advisory Committee.

Why accreditation?

Museums matter. According to the American Alliance of Museums, there are approximately 850 million visits to American museums every year – more than the attendance of all major league sporting events and theme parks combined. Museums act as community anchors by building educational partnerships with schools, preserving important historical artifacts, and boosting the economy through job creation and tourism.

The Tempe History Museum features the history of Tempe in the main exhibit hall, with rotating exhibitions and art galleries all year long. Recent exhibits include “The Tempe Sound” and “Legend City”, along with the museum’s current feature, Trains of Tempe. Admission is free. A full list of ongoing events and exhibits can be found at

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