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

Stone Soup Symposium - May 21 & 22

Written by Susan Dekker on .

  WEB stone soup poster

Highland Village Museum is the host site for an exciting new venture between ANSM, the Nova Scotia Museum and Theatre Nova Scotia. Stone Soup Symposium is scheduled for May 21 & 22 and includes two days of exciting sessions designed to get creative interpretive energies flowing as well as hands on help to get innovative projects underway.

The symposium includes presentations, performances and working groups designed to get everyone thinking well and truly “outside the display case”.  

The “stone soup” concept is all about combining our knowledge, resources and talents to create a new dynamic in museum interpretation in Nova Scotia. Presenters and performers include Two Planks & A Passion Theatre troupe with their “937” The Voyage of the St Louis production and follow up sessions on the “art of communication”. Dale Jarvis of Newfoundland, intangible culture specialist, presents on the practice of interpreting intangible culture and artist and performer, Ursula Johnson, engages and presents through a Mi’kmaq perspective. Museum presentations include 1st person interpretation at Highland Village Museum and special event collaboration at Sherbrooke Village with Dartmouth Players. Plus more presentations as they are confirmed. The symposium wraps up with a working session for all attendees to stretch their imaginations and work with presenters to frame new interpretive programs at their sites.                

Registration is now open and the program is available on line. There are only 7 spaces remaining so register soon if you are interested in joining us for a very special two days in Spring.

Registration fees and details:  

 ANSM Members $100

Non-Members     $175

 Registration fee includes lunch & breaks on both days.  Breakfast and supper are extra as is accommodation.

Registrants from Nova Scotia Museum sites should contact:

 Christine Sykora

Manager, Interpretation – ICI

Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage

Office: 902-424-6477 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 All others may register by completing a registration form to send with payment.

Payment can be made online.   Please send a completed registration form.   

Participants may stay at The Iona Heights Inn for a special rate when they reference the Stone Soup Symposium while booking.  If you search for available rooms on the website, in order to receive the special rate which includes an $8 breakfast, you must enter the code museum in the "Access Code" box. 

The Iona Heights Inn

4115 Hwy 223

Iona, NS


 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                                                                                                                               


Museum Fund for Nova Scotia

Written by Susan Dekker on .

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 70% 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.


Interpretation 1: Public Programming Workshop

Written by Susan Dekker on .

*** This workshop is full.  We are accepting names for the waiting list. ***

Date: May 7 & 8, 2015

Location: Museum of Natural History, Halifax

Facilitator: Sally Warren

Learning Outcomes  

This workshop examines the role that public programming plays in fulfilling the educational goals of museums and creating a successful visitor experience. A particular focus will be how interactive programming can provide a strong link between a museum’s core mandate and an individual’s life experience.   Key content/subject areas:  

  • types of museum interpretation
  • basic learning styles
  • elements of successful interpretive programs for the public and schools
  • increasing interactivity in museum exhibitions
  • principles of program evaluation

  The workshop will combine formal instruction, group discussion, hands-on exercises and a graded take-home assignment.   Note: this workshop is the first module in a two part interpretation workshop series. Module two focuses on exhibition development and presentation and will be offered as part of the Museum Studies Program, 2014/15.   This workshop can be taken as part of the ANSM Museum Studies Program or on its own.  

Registration Information   

  • ANSM Members: $100.00
  • Non-Members: $150.00
  • Registration Deadline: April 24, 2015

  Workshop cost includes breaks on both days and lunch on day one.

To register, send a completed registration form with payment by cheque or money order to:  Association of Nova Scotia Museums, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4P7

Workshop registration forms can be downloaded from the ANSM website Training section. 

To pay online, click here.  Please send a completed registration form with your payment.


Museums 101 Workshop

Written by Susan Dekker on .

*** This workshop is currently full. We are taking names for a waiting list. ***

Date: April 16 & 17, 2015

Location: Antigonish Heritage Museum

Facilitator: Karin Kierstead, ANSM Museum Advisor

Learning Outcomes

Museums 101 is the introductory module for a series of eight workshops covering core museological functions: collections management & curatorship, interpretation, museums & community, facility management, management & governance and marketing.

Museums 101 introduces:

  •  origins & evolution of museums in society
  •  unique features of museums
  •  core functions of museums
  •  trends & challenges for museums

The workshop format offers a combination of lecture, group discussion and exercises. It provides an excellent opportunity for new museum board members, new staff, consultants and government staff to receive a good overview of what museums are all about and the role they play in society.

Having worked with museums in four provinces, Karin brings a combination of education and practical experience to the workshop, providing real-world examples to the discussions and exercises. You can read her bio on the ANSM website.

This is an excellent time to begin the full eight module program. The program is offered over three years and may be taken in any order. A certificate of completion is provided for each individual unit and the full program.

Workshop cost includes breaks on both days and lunch on day one.

Registration Information

ANSM Members: $100.00

Non-Members: $150.00

Registration Deadline: March 31, 2015

To register, send a completed registration form with payment by cheque or money order to:

Association of Nova Scotia Museums, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4P7

Workshop registration forms can be downloaded from the ANSM website Training section. 

 To pay online, click here. Please send in a completed registration form with your payment.


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.