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

Now Hiring: Director of Fundraising – The Museum Fund for Nova Scotia

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The purpose of the Director of Fundraising is to provide leadership and strategic direction for fundraising activities of the Museum Fund for Nova Scotia.

As the Director of Fundraising you will implement and direct a provincial fundraising strategy designed to generate robust and sustainable revenue streams that will enable the creation of a $2.5M endowment for museums in Nova Scotia.  Leveraging connections and relationships within the philanthropic, heritage, culture, other non-profit and business communities you will take a hands-on fundraising role, with an emphasis on:

a) leadership giving (major gifts)
b) planned giving
c) corporate giving
c) foundation giving
d) annual and online donating – social media

Click here for more details, including salary and a detailed job description. Deadline to apply is Friday August 26th 2016 at 4:30pm.

Facilities Management Workshop Registration

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Registration is now open for our Museum Studies Facilities Management Workshop on September 22 & 23! Attendance is limited to 20 participants, so be sure to register early!

This course will explore the responsibilities, skills, policies and techniques involved in managing museums facilities. It will combine formal instruction, group discussion, hands-on exercises and a graded take-home assignment. 

Key content/subject areas:

  • public safety and services
  • building environment
  • security
  • workplace safety
  • facility and site planning
  • Federal standards and guidelines for the conservation of historic places.

Location: Isle Madame Historical Society & Le Noir Forge Museum, Arichat

Facilitator: Jeffery Reed

For more information visit our link here, or to register for this workshop, click here.

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 (25 hrs/week) with responsibility for general administrative duties at the ANSM office.  Send a cover letter and resume to Anita Price, Executive 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 June 10, 2016 at 4:30pm (ADT). 

Museums and Security Symposium Registration

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Registration for the Museums and Security Symposium is now open. Tickets are $50 for ANSM members and $100 for non-members. You can register through EventBee or by filling out and mailing a registration form to the ANSM office. The registration deadline is May 16. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements and also whether or not you plan to attend the Annual General Meeting, which is taking place during the symposium.

More information about the symposium can be found in the symposium program.

Join us for an information packed day  on the many aspects of security that relate to museum operations.

Special lead address "Den of Antiquity" by RCMP investigative lead Darryl Morgan about the John Tillman Case.

Presentations on cyber security, director's liability & protection, human resource management & responsibilities, occupational health & safety and museums plus disaster planning & museums.

Everything you wanted to know about museums and security but were afraid to ask.

The Symposium will be taking place on May 20, 2016 at the Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre in Tatamagouche. Accommodations are available at Balmoral Motel at a special rate of $79 plus tax per night. To book using the ANSM preferred rate please call the motel and identify as a symposium attendee. Space is limited and early booking is recommended. Bookings for accommodations are the responsibility of delegates.

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.