Orlando Science Center Receives Highest National Recognition

The American Alliance of Museums Awards Accreditation

The Orlando Science Center has achieved subsequent accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition for a museum. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public.

Accreditation recognizes a museum’s commitment to excellence and professional standards of operation. This level of operation is achieved through an ongoing process of learning and improvement. To ensure that accredited museums maintain their level of professional performance, museums must complete a review every 10 years. AAM Accreditation brings national recognition to a museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement.

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, then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. AAM’s Accreditation Commission, an independent and autonomous body of museum professionals, consider the self-study and visiting committee report to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation. While the time to complete the process varies by museum, it generally takes as much as three years. The Orlando Science Center engaged in the latest accreditation review in 2006. It will begin the self-study process for subsequent accreditation in 2016.

Of the nation’s nearly 17,500 museums, about 775 are currently accredited. Orlando Science Center is one of only 47 museums accredited in Florida. Other local accredited museums include Orlando Museum of Art, the Orange County Regional History Center and the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.


The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. With more than 15,000 individual, 3,000 institutional, and 300 corporate members, AAM is dedicated to ensuring that museums remain a vital part of the American landscape, connecting people with the greatest achievements of the human experience, past, present and future. For more information, visit


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