Florence Griswold Museum Receives Reaccreditation by American Alliance of Museums

Old Lyme, CT – The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut is honored to announce that it has received high marks from the American Alliance of Museums’ (AAM) Accreditation Commission. Accreditation helps to ensure the integrity and accessibility of museum collections, reinforce the educational and public service roles of museums, and promote good governance practices and ethical behavior.

“With its AAM reaccreditation, the Florence Griswold Museum has proven itself to continue to operate at the highest level in our field,” states new director Rebekah Beaulieu. “It is an honor to join an institution already deserving of such distinction as we look to the future of the Flo Gris.”

Through a rigorous process of self-assessment and review by their peers, the museum has demonstrated it meets standards and best practices and are good stewards of the collections and resources they hold in the public trust. “The Florence Griswold Museum is an energetic place that creatively raises income and builds audiences,’ notes Amy Bartow-Melia, Chair of the AAMs Accreditation Committee. “The museum’s highly-detailed yearly strategic plans for each department are a model for other museums.”

Of the nation’s estimated 33,000 museums, only 3% are currently accredited. The Florence Griswold Museum was first accredited in 1978. “Accredited museums are a community of institutions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to excellence,” said Laura Lott, Alliance president and CEO.” Accreditation is clearly a significant achievement, of which both the institutions and the communities they serve can be extremely proud.”
About the Florence Griswold Museum  A consistent recipient of a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, the Florence Griswold Museum has been called a “Giverny in Connecticut” by the Wall Street Journal, and a “must-see” by the Boston Globe. In addition to the restored Florence Griswold House, the Museum features a gallery for changing art exhibitions, education and landscape centers, a restored artist’s studio, thirteen acres along the Lieutenant River, and extensive gardens. Its seasonal Café Flo was recognized as “best hidden gem” and “best outdoor dining” by Connecticut Magazine. The Museum is located at 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, Connecticut. Visit www.FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.org for more information.

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About the American Alliance of Museums: 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. Representing more than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance stands for the broad scope of the museum community.  For more information, visit www.aam-us.org.