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

Holiday Open House

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Holiday Open House invite

Please join us for the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia Holiday Open House on Wednesday, December 9 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. The open house will be held in the same location as the ANSM office at 1113 Marginal Road in Halifax. We'd love to see you there!

ANSM Award Citation 2015

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The Association of Nova Scotia Museums (ANSM) continues for a third year the Award for Excellence in Museum Practices. To acknowledge individuals, volunteer or paid, who have made remarkable contributions to a better knowledge of Nova Scotia’s human or natural history.

In the past years we presented the ANSM Award to Ms. Heather Watts at Government House in the presence of his Honour J.J. Grant Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia in 2013 and Mr. Ken Adams in 2014, which was presented by the Hon. Tony Ince Minister of Communities Culture and Heritage in Sydney. Both these recipients were will deserving and are a sampling of the dedication and passion in Nova Scotia’s museum community.  

We encourage you to start thinking now about nominations for next year, as the Awards Program is an important way to honour and recognize those who have dedicated their life's passion to telling un-told stories and sharing the past. Most of the work that is done in the museum community, is done with little or no recognition, and sometimes the hours are long and lonely. But the determination and passion of sharing a rich culture and history keeps us continually moving forward. The ANSM Awards program pays tribute to us all, who work endlessly for a cause.

ANSM consists of more than 100 member organizations and individuals. Using a regional representation model, the Association champions’ museums through education, outreach, networking and advocacy to achieve excellence.

Over the past year, the dedicated work of the ANSM board and Awards committee members, Russell Grosse, Maria O’Hearn, Pauline MacLean, Nadine Gates, Barb Thompson, Ken Adams and our Managing Director Anita Price. Have made this year's award presentation possible.

At this time I would like to present this year’s Award.

This year ANSM is pleased to present the Award of Excellence in Museum Practices, Individual Contribution to Ms. Lynn Hayne, head of Communications at Sherbrooke Village.

Lynn has been involved with Sherbrooke Village for over 20 years and has excelled in developing creative collaborative marketing and communication. She has set new benchmarks for excellence in community relations which has made it possible for Sherbrooke Village to embark upon a series of new ideas and concepts which have included co-developing a new Archives, launching a “Time Traveler’s Reunion,” organizing the dedication reception ceremony for the Milton Christian Church community’s 1917 Pipe Organ Installation at Sherbrooke Village and managing the corporate sponsorships which help finance “Old Fashioned Christmas,” the “Courthouse Concert Series” and the sold-out “Road to Stanfest: Songwriter’s Camp.”

Lynn has shown her leadership and management skills in the organizing and planning of many special events, the leveraging of travel media, or her commitment to growing the economies of rural communities and the museum network in general through innovative new marketing ideas. She has a passion and ability to establish new levels of increased awareness among new audiences has made her a leader in the cause of museum and community development.

This year, Lynn demonstrated how the traditional perception of museums can be changed from restrictive and narrow to innovative and engaging. Lynn serves as Liaison with the Historic Sherbrooke Village Development Society, a volunteer community board she has reorganized, restructured and revitalized.

Her work has helped Sherbrooke Village reached new levels of success this year due to her efforts:

-           Road to Stanfest Songwriters Camp

-           Sherbrooke Village Murder Mystery

-           Time Traveller’s Reunion-A Steampunk Social

-           Motorcycle Rally that Gives

To name a few.

This evening we celebrate Lynn’s contributions and ask her to come forward to be presented with the ANSM Award of Excellence in Museum Practices, Individual Contribution 2015.

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. 

 Visit the conference website for program information.

Download the registration form here.  There are various options to pay and register.

 IMPORTANT: If you plan to attend the ANSM AGM and Lunch and/or the Toolbox pre-conference workshop ONLY (without conference registration), please contact our office directly to be placed on the list.


Museum Fund for Nova Scotia

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What is the Museum Fund?

The Museum Fund will inspire and facilitate donors to support museums in the province through a simplified process: donating to one fund that benefits all accredited museums in Nova Scotia.

Our vision is to create a fund that rewards excellence and inspires Nova Scotians to take an active role in preserving the past and imagining the future.

The Fund Business Plan is available.

$100 From 100 Campaign

What is the ‘100 from 100’ Campaign? 
We are looking for 100 supporters to give $100 to secure seed money for the development of a Museum Fund for Nova Scotia.

ANSM will move into the active development phase of building the fund in 2015, but in order to do this we need the support of the museum community. We require seed money to leverage government grants for the development and implementation of a fund raising and marketing strategy for the proposed Fund - a “passing the hat” approach that provides real grass roots support for the Museum Fund concept.  Helping museums to help themselves.




We have just reached 87% of our donations goal for the $100 from 100 campaign.


 We gratefully acknowledge the Founders of the Museum Fund

This list of individuals and organizations will be updated regularly as more donations are received.

Click here to see an interactive map of where our donations have originated.

Support from the museum community and its friends continues to be very encouraging and it has been wonderful to see donations coming from retirees and volunteers from our community as well as museums large and small. Please consider joining your friends and colleagues in championing this Made in Nova Scotia initiative.

All donors to this important initiative have a special place in recognition of the importance of establishing a fund for museums in Nova Scotia.

Join us as we work towards a sustainable future of our province’s museums.

Download our donation form and send a cheque or donate online.


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.