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City Museums Receive Accreditation

Mayor Bill Euille welcomes friends, staff and volunteers of the Office of Historic Alexandria to the museum accreditation program on Jan. 24 at the Lyceum.

Mayor Bill Euille welcomes friends, staff and volunteers of the Office of Historic Alexandria to the museum accreditation program on Jan. 24 at the Lyceum. Photo Contributed

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Ford Bell, president of the Alliance, recognized the city for this achievement at an event at the Lyceum and presents a certificate of accreditation to the director of the Lyceum, Jim McKay. Also pictured is Lance Mallamo, director of the Office of Historic Alexandria.

— The Office of Historic Alexandria has earned accreditation as a museum system at the November 2012 meeting of the Accreditation Commission, according to The American Alliance of Museums. Accredited status from the Alliance is the highest national recognition achievable by an American museum. The Office of Historic Alexandria is one of only eight municipal organizations across the country accredited for their museum systems.

Developed and sustained by museum professionals for more than 40 years, the Alliance’s museum accreditation program is the field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation and public accountability.

The Office of Historic Alexandria accreditation includes all of the museums owned and operated by the City of Alexandria. Fort Ward, Gadsby's Tavern and The Lyceum were re-accredited, while the other sites which include Alexandria Archaeology Museum, Alexandria Black History Museum, African American Heritage Park, Fort Ward, Friendship Firehouse Museum and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothocary Museum were accredited for the first time.