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

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.

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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Job Posting Icon small   Administrative Assistant

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.


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.