The Association of Nova Scotia Museums welcomes you!

The Association of Nova Scotia Museums (ANSM) is a registered non-profit organisation, originally established in 1976 as the Federation of Museums, Heritage and Historical Societies. The Federation worked to improve communication between heritage organisations, lobby on their behalf, provide training opportunities and raise the profile of heritage with all Nova Scotians. A name change to Federation of Nova Scotian Heritage in 1982 was followed in 2007 to that of Association of Nova Scotia Museums. This current name underscores the refined focus of the organisation to support the province’s museums… learn more here.

Our Vision: All museums in Nova Scotia are valued by Nova Scotians, are sustainable and operate according to established standards of excellence.

Our Mandate: Working 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