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Arctic Museum's Accreditation Renewed

Story posted December 10, 1999

The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum has again been awarded one of the highest honors a museum can receive: renewal of its accreditation by the American Association of Museums (AAM). Accreditation certifies that the museum operates according to standards set forth by the museum profession, manages its collections responsibly and provides quality service to the public. Of the 8,000 museums nation-wide, only 750 are accredited, and 10 of them are in Maine.

"We hope the Bowdoin College community and the people of Maine share our pride in having earned this prestigious honor," said Susan A. Kaplan, Director of The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum. "The review was rigorous; we examined virtually every aspect of our museumís operations and wrote a self-study. Then a team of experienced museum professionals visited the College to review our facilities and interview the staff.

"We invite everyone in our community to help us celebrate this award by visiting The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museumís new exhibit, "Down the Labrador: MacMillan in the Big Land." The exhibit showcases over 130 years of the Collegeís involvement in Arctic research and features collections never before seen by the public."

The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum is located in Hubbard Hall. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 2-5 p.m. on Sunday. Other exhibits currently on view include "Gift of the Whale: Contemporary Photographs of North Alaska," and "The Roosevelt: A Model of Strength."

Accreditation is one of several programs offered by the American Association of Museums to help museums achieve and maintain standards of quality and excellence. AAM is a national organization, with its headquarters in Washington, D.C., that has served the museum profession since 1906.

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