The Long Island Museum in Stony Brook announced Thursday it has received accreditation from the American Association of Museums, the highest honor awarded by the national organization.
The museum is one of 63 museums in New York and 775 nationwide – drawn from a pool of about 17,500 museums across the country – to be accredited by the AAM. Museums are evaluated based on governance, collections stewardship, public programs, financial stability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement.
Jackie Day, president and CEO of The Long Island Museum, said the multi-year process for accreditation was an intense procedure involving not only its board of trustees and staff, but also the community.
"We are delighted to have again received accreditation from the AAM, recognizing the museum's commitment to the highest standards in the field, and to engaging the many different communities we serve," Day said.
Ford W. Bell, president of the AAM, called The Long Island Museum among the finest in the nation.
"The citizens can take considerable pride in their homegrown institution for its commitment to excellence and for the value it brings to the community," Bell said.