ANSM Mandate

logoWorking in partnership with museums, communities and supporters, the mandate of the Association of NovaScotia 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

Upcoming Workshop: Collections Management & Curatorship

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Workshop is full.  Contact our office to be placed on the waiting list.

 Date: October 22 & 23, 2015

Location: Annapolis Valley MacDonald Museum, Middleton

Facilitator: Karin Kierstead, ANSM Museum Advisor

Enrolment Limits: 20 participants

 Learning Outcomes

  • Role collections play in museums
  • Essential policies and procedures for proper care, management and use of collections
  • Acquisitions, documentation, handling, and deaccessioning
  • Computerized records and online access
  • Ethics, legal issues, tax receipts, insurance, and copyright.

 This workshop can be taken as part of the ANSM Museum Studies Program or on its own.

 You can download & fax/mail in our workshop registration form or register online.

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 1:00 PM in the auditorium of the Museum of Natural History, Halifax.  The AGM is held in conjunction with the Annual Conference, this year presented in partnership with Archives and Libraries and hosted by the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax on September 25 & 26. 

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 ANSM Annual Conference.

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.


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 83% 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.