Puget Sound Navy Museum (PSNM) was accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) during a meeting of the accreditation commissions Oct. 2013. There is no higher recognition achievable nationwide for an American museum than accredited status from the AAM.
According to Ford Bell, Alliance president, accreditation is a significant achievement given to museums that have exceeded the highest standards of the museum field. “To be awarded accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums is validation that the Puget Sound Navy Museum meets national standards and best practice for U.S. Museums, and that the museum staff are fully committed to upholding and implementing those principles,” said Danelle Eaton, senior curator, PSNM.
The PSNM is one of twelve museums funded and administered by the U.S. Navy, and it first opened on Dec. 3, 1954 as a not-for-profit.
“Out of the 17,500 U.S. museums that exist today, less than 7% are accredited. By participating in the accreditation program, the Puget Sound Navy Museum has shown itself to be a good steward of its resources held in the public trust,” said Eaton.
The PSNM features galleries of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), special operations submarines, a dry dock theater, family discovery room, Puget Sound Navy history and they frequently have temporary exhibits on display. Currently their temporary exhibit features cartoons from World War II.
The PSNM’s official mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret the naval heritage of the Pacific Northwest for the benefit of the U.S. Navy and general public.