Provincetown museum receives national accreditation

Interior view of one of the galleries within the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. Photo by Anton Grasl. Image courtesy PAAM.PROVINCETOWN, Mass. – The Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) has achieved accreditation from the American Association of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition for a museum. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public.

AAM Accreditation is the field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation, and public accountability, and earns national recognition for a museum for its commitment to excellence in all that it does: governance, collections stewardship, public programs, financial stability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement.

Developed and sustained by museum professionals for 35 years, AAM’s Museum Accreditation program strengthens the profession by promoting practices that enable leaders to make informed decisions, allocate resources wisely, and to provide the best possible service to the public.
“Having this seal of approval from AAM not only validates PAAM’s professionalism, but it also positions us for future loans of artwork, traveling exhibitions and possible granting opportunities,” said Christine McCarthy, PAAM Executive Director.  “The accreditation process forced us to re-evaluate our policies and bring them up to a higher level.  I am thrilled that we have achieved such a major accomplishment.”

Of the nation’s estimated 17,500 museums, 775 are currently accredited. PAAM is one of only 44 museums accredited in Massachusetts.

As interest in the region’s contribution to American art history continues to grow, PAAM presents an ever-changing lineup of exhibitions, lectures, classes and cultural events that seek to promote and cultivate appreciation for all branches of the fine arts for which Provincetown is known. 

PAAM was founded in 1914 and is dedicated to promoting and cultivating the practice and appreciation of all branches of the fine arts, to assemble and maintain in the Town of Provincetown a collection of works of art, to hold exhibitions, and to promote education of the public in the arts through forums, concerts, and similar activities.

For more information, call PAAM at 508-487-1750. Visit them online at


Birdman, 2008, by Bert Yarborough, oil and acrylic on canvas, 48 inches by 72 inches. From an exhibition running through May 3, 2009. Image courtesy PAAM.
Black Duck, Light and Water, 1990, by Pat de Groot, oil on paper, from the Provincetown Art Association and Museum's permanent collection. Image courtesy PAAM