Orlando Museum of Art continues 40-year accreditation streak

September 21, 2011, 1:27 am

The Orlando Museum of Art has again been awarded accreditation by the American Association of Museums, the organization’s highest honor.

In 1971, the Orlando museum was one of the first museums in the nation to become accredited, and it has maintained that status without interruption ever since. Accreditation certifies that a museum operates according to the highest standards set forth by the museum profession, manages its collections responsibly and provides quality service to the public. Of the 17,500 museums nationwide, only 774 have received accreditation.

“We hope the people of Central Florida share our pride in having earned this prestigious honor” said Marena Grant Morrisey, the museum’s executive director. “This process was rigorous and demanding, as we examined virtually every aspect of our museum’s operations.”

The museum underwent a year of self-study and an on-site review by a team of experienced professionals, Morrisey said.

Accreditation is one of several programs offered by the American Association of Museums to help museums achieve and maintain standards of quality and excellence. The organization, which has headquarters in Washington, D.C.,  was established in 1906.

The Orlando Museum of Art  is located in Loch Haven Park, at 2416 N. Mills Ave. in Orlando. Its permanent collections feature American art from the 17th century through the present, art of the Ancient Americas and African art.

The museum is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5-$8. More information: 407-896-4231.


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