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    National Historical Park Pennsylvania


Park Re-accredited by American Association of Museums (AAM)

Independence National Historical Park has been re-accredited by the American Association of Museums, the highest national recognition for a museum. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, the government, funders, outside agencies, and the museum-going public. The AAM is the only national organization that serves the entire scope of the museum community from art, history and science museums, to national parks, zoos, arboretums, and planetariums. Only 8 percent of AAM-accredited museums are historical sites like Independence. Of the nation’s nearly 17,500 museums, approximately 775 are currently accredited. Independence National Historical Park is one of only nine accredited national park museums. For more information about AAM and the park's re-accreditation, view the AAM official website and read the press release.


Related Collections Information

Use the links below for additional information about the park's archeology, archives and museum collections programs.

Did You Know?

Photo of Glass Armonica

Did you know Benjamin Franklin is accredited with being the first American to invent a musical instrument? He invented the glass armonica in 1761 after seeing wine glasses being used to make musical sounds.