Holocaust Museum Houston has achieved accreditation from the American Association of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition possible for a U.S. museum.

The recognition, announced on April 10, represents a milestone for the 16-year-old museum. Of the nation's estimated 17,500 museums, 775 are currently accredited. Holocaust Museum Houston joins the Museum of Natural Science, the Contemporary Arts Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts as one of only four AAM-accredited museums in the city.

"Accreditation assures the people of Houston that Holocaust Museum Houston is among the finest in the nation," says Ford W. Bell, president of AAM. "As a result, the citizens can take considerable pride in their homegrown institution, for its commitment to excellence and for the value it brings to the community."

Accreditation is an important factor in signifying excellence within the museum community and to governments, funders, outside agencies and the museum-going public.

For more information on AAM accreditation, visit their website