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

Annual General Meeting and Lunch

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The Annual General Meeting will be held Friday, September 25 @ 12.00 at the Museum of Natural History.

A buffet lunch will be provided followed directly by the AGM procedures.
There will be cake…

Plan to attend and learn about your Association's recent activities and future planning.  Highlights include an update on plans for the establishment of a Fund for Museums in Nova Scotia and our recent project for the Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage developing a new evaluation tool for museums.  As an ANSM member your voice is important and all are encouraged to participate.

The lunch is complimentary but we would like to know you are coming. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 902-423-4677 and let us know your plans to attend. 

Only ANSM members in good standing are eligible to vote.

Museum Of Natural History

1747 Summer St, Halifax, NS

See a location map.


Paid parking is available at the museum’s Summer Street lot with cash or credit card.

Metered parking is available on the street and hospital lot across the road.

Alternate paid parking available at a commercial lot across from the Bell Road museum access path at Bell Road & Ahern Avenue with cash or credit card.

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. Visit the conference website to learn more. The AGM will be followed directly by the Keynote Address at the Lord Nelson Hotel for those attending the conference.


Employment Opportunity

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The Association of Nova Scotia Museums is seeking an Administrative Assistant to support our small but mighty team. A full job description is available online.  The position is part time (20 hrs/week) with responsibility for general administrative duties at the ANSM office.  Send a cover letter and resume to Anita Price, Managing Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail, 1113 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS, B3H 4P7.  Deadline for applications is September 10, 2015 at 4:30pm (ADT). 

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.