By Crocker Staff

After completing a lengthy and detailed review by the American Alliance of Museums, the Crocker is pleased to announce that it has been awarded reaccreditation, the GOLD STANDARD for museums in the United States!

Out of the nation's estimated 33,000 museums, only 1,065 are currently accredited, placing the Crocker in a group of museums recognized for their public trust and accountability, mission and planning, collections stewardship, education and interpretation, financial stability, and facilities and risk management. The Crocker was first awarded accreditation in 1975; since then, the Museum has been awarded reaccreditation each time that its status has been up for renewal.

The unvailing of new aquisition

"Accredited museums are a community of institutions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to excellence. Accreditation is clearly a significant achievement, of which both the institutions and the communities they serve can be extremely proud.”

Laura Lott
President & CEO, American Alliance of Museums

As noted in the Accreditation Report:

  • "The [Crocker Art Museum] is a top-notch, exemplary institution, and far exceeded our expectations in terms of best practices and public service."
  • "The Public Service focus is at the core of everything the [Crocker Art Museum] does, and they deliver every day in service to the community and region. One site reviewer stated, 'I have never seen another institution with the dedication universally expressed as at the Crocker Art Museum.”'
  • "The [Crocker Art Museum] is one of the best-run, professional, forward-thinking, and progressive Museums we have seen. The staff and board are clearly working together toward a common goal, and the level of commitment and enthusiasm from all is compelling. We are certain they will achieve the goals of their upcoming campaign with as much success as the last expansion. Both Board and staff should be congratulated on their wonderful work toward making a better, more vibrant community through the wonderful programs coming from the [Crocker Art Museum]."

Docents takes a school group on a tour of JapanAmerica: Points of Contact, 1876-1970 exhibition

“Reaccreditation is a marker of excellence in the field. I am very proud of the Museum staff, co-trustees, and other volunteers; our reaccreditation would not be possible without all of them striving to make the Crocker essential to the vitality of the Sacramento region on a daily basis.”

Lial Jones
Director & CEO, Crocker Art Museum

The first public art museum founded in the Western United States, the Crocker Art Museum was established in 1885 and is now one of the leading art museums in California, and in the nation. The Crocker serves as the primary regional resource for the study and appreciation of fine art, offering a diverse spectrum of special exhibitions and programs to complement its collections of Californian, European, Asian, African, and Oceanic art, works on paper, international ceramics, and photography. The Museum has also dedicated the historic building’s entire first floor as an education center, which includes four classrooms, space for student and community exhibitions, the Gerald Hansen Library , and Tot Land.

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Top Image: The face of the Crocker Art Museum's historic and new buildings.