Recognized Museum Program
The Recognized Museum Program (RMP) is a standards-based
accreditation program for museums in Alberta offered by the Alberta
Museums Association (AMA). Participants in RMP submit Evidence in
alignment with the AMA's member-approved Definition of a
A museum is a non-profit making, permanent institution, in
the service of society and its development, and open to the public,
which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates, and exhibits,
for the purpose of study, education, and enjoyment, material
evidence of people and their environment.
To participate in RMP, your institution submits Evidence to
demonstrate how its work aligns with best practice standards in the
Standard Practices Handbook for Museums, 3rd Edition in
the following areas:
- Non-profit making
- Permanent institution
- In the service of society
- Open to the public
An institution is eligible to participate in the RMP if it
meets the following four eligibility
- Be an Institutional Member in good standing with the AMA;
- Be open to the public a minimum of 200 hours a year;
- Be a non-profit making institution; and,
- Have or use a tangible collection.
The first section of the Institutional Profile screens for these
four requirements. You can also find content related specifically
to eligibility here.
A Review Panel consisting of three Individual Members of the AMA
assesses the Evidence to determine whether it meets the Minimum
Requirements and Standards for each practice area. The Review Panel
uses the assessment to determine which designation your institution
receives, and provides comments and instructions to guide your
institution along the path to become a Recognized Museum or a
Recognized Museum Leader.
Becoming a Recognized Museum or Recognized Museum
Your journey begins with an Institutional
All institutions will be required to complete an Institutional
Profile before submitting their application. This will
help the Review Panel better understand your museum, how ready you
are to embark on your RMP journey, and areas where the AMA can
provide Advisory Services to support your institution.
Application / Reapplication / Reapplication with
Your next step is to complete the Application, Reapplication, or
Reapplication with Leader Application by November 30. All three
options are focussed around ten pieces of Core Evidence and all are
The Application is
for institutions that are not currently Recognized Museums and
consists of fifteen pieces of Evidence (ten pieces of Core Evidence
plus five pieces of additional Evidence).
The Reapplication is
for current Recognized Museums to renew their designation and
consists of ten pieces of Core Evidence.
Application is an optional addition for Recognized Museums that
want to take on a challenge and identify themselves as leaders.
These institutions submit the Reapplication as well as the Leader
Application, which consists of eight additional pieces of evidence.
To assist your institution in preparing its Evidence, the AMA
offers complementary Draft Review on any Evidence submitted before
Meet, Maintain, and Model
RMP is a journey not a destination. The journey begins as your
institution works to meet best practice standards. Once designated
a Recognized Museum, your institution strives to maintain those
standards in the long-term. Finally, your institution can choose to
model for your peers how you meet and maintain best practices
long-term by becoming a Recognized Museum Leader.
The first step in building sustainability is to meet minimum
best practice standards. Institutions that are working to meet
minimum best practice standards are designated Conditionally
Recognized Museums or Candidates in RMP. Participants in the
program receive support from the AMA as they work to meet those
best practice standards and contribute to a collaborative and
robust museum community. Institutions that demonstrate they meet
minimum best practice standards are designated Recognized
The second step is for Recognized Museums to demonstrate how
they maintain minimum best practice standards. Institutions that
reapply for accreditation every five years are committed to the
ongoing process of demonstrating they continue to meet the Minimum
Requirements and Standards required to maintain their Recognized
Institutions that maintain Recognized Museum designation over
the long-term are leading contributors to the social, cultural, and
educational fabric of Alberta.
Institutions with Recognized Museum designation have the option
to model what it looks like to meet and maintain best practice
standards by applying to become a Recognized Museum Leader. These
institutions meet, maintain, and model a long-term commitment to go
above and beyond minimum best practice standards.
Institutions designated as Recognized Museum Leaders contribute
to a culture of dynamic learning and creativity among Alberta's
museums and museum professionals. These institutions give back to
other RMP participants by sharing their knowledge and
For more information about the Recognized Museum Program, please
The AMA acknowledges the financial support of the Government of
Canada for the Recognized Museum Program Review.
Click to see larger image.