Selby Gardens Receives Highest National Recognition

November 10, 2017

Awarded Re-Accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums

SARASOTA, Fla., November 10, 2017 – Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota’s living 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, as well as funders, outside agencies, government and to the museum-going public. Selby Gardens was initially accredited in 2007. All museums must undergo a reaccreditation review at least every 10 years to maintain accredited status.

Of the nation’s estimated 33,000 museums, some 1,070 are currently accredited. Selby Gardens  is one of 183 museums accredited in Florida.

“The garden’s strategic plan is outstanding, and is no doubt a significant driver of the exemplary results achieved since the last review,” said Burg Logan, Chair of the AAM Accreditation Commission. “We commend the garden for its thorough strategic and master planning processes and its astute fiscal management and debt reduction, which have improved the overall organizational health of the institution.”  

Accreditation is a very rigorous but highly rewarding process that examines all aspects of a museum’s operations. To earn accreditation a museum first must conduct a year of self-study, and then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers.

“I’m so proud of our team at Selby Gardens that worked on this process,” said Jennifer O. Rominiecki, president and CEO of Selby Gardens. “This recognition demonstrates that we are a strong organization with great work already underway, and many more exciting opportunities to come.”

AAM’s Accreditation Commission, an independent and autonomous body of museum professionals, considers the self-study and visiting committee report to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation.

“Accredited museums are a community of institutions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to excellence,” said Laura L. Lott, Alliance president and CEO. “Accreditation is clearly a significant achievement, of which both the institutions and the communities they serve can be extremely proud.”

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About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of epiphytic orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads and ferns and other tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. For more information, please visit Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas. Regular admission is $20 and $10 children ages 4-17; members and children 3 and under enter free. Contact us at (941) 366-5731 or Get social with us on Facebook, Instagram and more by searching @selbygardens.


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


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