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

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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Museums and Security Symposium Poster

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.

Museums and Security Symposium and ANSM Annual General Meeting May 20, 2016

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Save the date! Join us for the one-day special subject symposium on all things museums and security with special guest speaker Darryl Morgan, RCMP lead in the John Tillman investigation.

Hosted by the Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre, Creamery Square, Tatamagouche.

Also included is the ANSM Annual General Meeting.

Past president Lisa Wolfe will be chairing the nominations committee.

Nominations Open for ANSM Award

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Nominations are now being accepted for the ANSM Award for Excellence in Museum Practices Individual Contribution. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, April 22, 2016.

This award 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. This is a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge a great staff person or volunteer with your museum. Think about nominating them today.

Nomination criteria and nomination forms can be downloaded here.

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.