Awarded Re-Accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums
The Board of Directors and Amy G. Moorefield, Executive Director of Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass are delighted to announce that the museum has again achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public.
“The reaccreditation of the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass is the result of first and foremost, the fully engaged staff, and also including the commitment of board of directors and the community members who took time to provide their input regarding the museum’s important role in the community. The process is an extraordinary thorough review of every aspect of the museum’s operation and we’re very proud of this achievement,” says Walt Koskinen, Board President.
Recognized as the field’s gold standard for museum excellence for over 50 years, American Alliance of Museum’s accreditation signifies a museum’s quality and credibility to the entire museum community, to governments and outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. “Originally awarded accreditation in 1974, the museum is one of only 21 museums in the State of Wisconsin to currently be accredited and of that 21, one of only 11 fine art museums to be accredited. We are so grateful to American Alliance of Museums for their support and believing in Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass for 48 years,” comments Amy G. Moorefield, Executive Director. Through a rigorous process of self-assessment and review by their peers, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass demonstrated that it meets American Alliance of Museums best standards and practices, and that it is an educational entity that is appropriate stewards of the collections, rigorous accountability, and resources they hold in the public trust.
The American Alliance Accreditation Program brings national recognition to a museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, good governance practices and ethical behavior, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement.
About the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass:
Ranked in the top five glass museums in the country, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass provides extraordinary glass experiences to spark fun, kindle creativity, and illuminate learning for all. Established in 1959, it has been an exclusively glass art museum since 2012, with four permanent collections: the world’s most representative collection of antique and contemporary glass paperweights, the Mahler collection of Germanic vessels dating from 1573, a collection of Victorian Era decorative glass baskets, and a significant collection of contemporary glass sculpture. The Museum’s Glass Studio offers classes, camps and teambuilding workshops in a various glass-making techniques throughout the year for youth and adults. The Museum Shop carries works of art by more than 150 glass artists worldwide.
The museum is admission free and operates as a private, not for profit, 501(c)(3) organization, independent of the City of Neenah. Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass has the distinction of being accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). The honor of accreditation means the museum meets the rigorous standards of professionalism and best practices for museums set forth by AAM.
Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass is grateful to its seasonal sponsors:
Miron Construction, Community First Credit Union, The Boldt Company, Northstar Asset Management, Associated Bank, Remley Law, S.C., City of Neenah, WI, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc., Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, State of Wisconsin COVID-19 Cultural Grant Program, and by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Media sponsorships courtesy of Wisconsin Public Radio and 91.1 The Avenue.
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10:00am—4:30pm
Thursdays 10:00am – 8:00pm and Sunday 1:00—4:30pm
Admission: Free admission always
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