ANSM Mandate

logoWorking in partnership with museums, communities and supporters, the mandate of the Association of Nova Scotia Museums is to:

  • Encourage the development of professional best practices in Nova Scotia’s museums
  • Educate Nova Scotians about the value of museums and Nova Scotian stories
  • Act as a champion on behalf of museums in Nova Scotia

Conference Registration Open!

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September 25 - 27, 2015
Lord Nelson Hotel and new Central Library, Halifax

For the first time the Association of Nova Scotia Museums (ANSM), the Council of Nova Scotia Archives (CNSA), the Library Boards Association of Nova Scotia (LBANS) and the Nova Scotia Library Association (NSLA) have joined forces to offer an engaging, collaborative learning experience in a Nova Scotia context.  We will explore:  

  • the convergence of our roles and goals
  • ways to enhance lifelong learning across disciplines
  • practical ways to safeguard our cultural and written heritage
  • topics of shared interest, like advocacy, governance, infrastructure, legislation

Join us for this unique opportunity to meet with colleagues across disciplines, make new connections and together envisions new ways to enrich our public places as community spaces. 

 For registration and program information, visit the conference website.


Annual General Meeting

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Save the dates for this year's AGM and conference!

The AGM will be held on September 25th at 12:00 PM in the auditorium of the Museum of Natural History, Halifax.  The AGM is held in conjunction with the Public Places, COmmunity Spaces: Connecting Nova Scotia's Archives, Libraries and Museums Conference, this year presented in partnership with Archives and Libraries and hosted by the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax on September 25 - 27. 

Plan to attend and learn about your Association's recent activities and future planning.  As an ANSM member your voice is important and all are encouraged to attend the general meeting.


Award for Excellence in Museum Practices Individual Contribution

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The ANSM Award for Excellence in Museum Practices Individual Contribution honours an individual who has gone the extra mile to foster a better understanding of human and natural heritage through exemplary contributions in museum practices. The award will be presented on September 25th as part of the joint Annual Conference, Public Places, Community Spaces: Connecting Nova Scotia's Archives, Libraries and Museums.

The award is a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge a great staff person or volunteer with your museum. Think about nominating them today.

Nominations close August 14, 2015.

Click here to download the nomination criteria and nomination form.


Board of Directors Nominations

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Nominations are now open for the ANSM Board of Directors. You can learn more about the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Directors through our Board Governance document, available online. Download the nomination form here.

Serving on the ANSM Board is a great way to learn more about the organization, develop working relationships with colleagues around the province, and participate in the planning and development that shape ANSM into the future.

Nominations will be accepted until 4:30pm on Friday, August 7th.


Our Vision Statement

All museums in Nova Scotia are valued by Nova Scotians, are sustainable and operate according to established standards of excellence.

ANSM services and programs are made possible with support from the Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage.