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

Call for Papers: 2016 CMA National Conference

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Nova Scotia will host the National Conference in 2016 - the first time in 34 years!  The CMA has issued a call for papers for its 2016 National Conference taking place in Halifax from April 11 - 15. They invite the museum community to submit proposals on the following themes: education, interpretation and programming; collections management and conservation; digital and information technologies; visitor services and audience engagement; and, leadership and museum management.

Submit your proposal no later than Friday, June 12, 2015, by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please visit the CMA 2016 Halifax web page for information about preparing your submission,  the selection criteria, and to download the submission form.

Archives, Libraries and Museums Conference: Call for Proposals

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Public Places, Community Spaces: 

Connecting Nova Scotia’s Archives, Libraries and Museums

The 2015 conference is a milestone event: for the first time ever, Nova Scotia Library Association (NSLA), Library Boards Association of Nova Scotia (LBANS), Association of Nova Scotia Museums (ANSM) and Council of Nova Scotia Archives (CNSA) are partnering for a joint conference bringing together staff, volunteers and trustees from all of these communities! The conference will celebrate the role we all play in supporting the culture and heritage in Nova Scotian communities. The theme of “ Public Places, Community Spaces: Connecting Nova Scotia’s Archives, Libraries and Museums ” will allow us to explore how libraries, archives and museums can connect and work together to better serve the public.

Conference sessions could include (but are not limited to): ● Presenting new initiatives and innovative approaches in service delivery ● Sharing knowledge and best practices for running and evaluating programs or other activities ● Connecting to the local community and/or user groups to improve service ● Investigating new partnerships and ways to share resources ● Showcasing creativity and insights into the way clients and communities are served ● Exploring new technology, or new ways to use existing technology

The Program Committee invites you to submit a session proposal for the conference to be held at the Lord Nelson Hotel and Halifax Central Library from September 25-27, 2015 in Halifax. Presentations should be 50 minutes in length and include time for questions. Send your submissions to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , by June 10, 2015. Please include a brief description of the topic/proposed session, any a/v requirements, number of speakers involved and your contact information.


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 74% of our donations goal for the $100 from 100 campaign.


 We gratefully acknowledge the Founders of the Museum Fund

This list of individual 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.