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 name was changed to Federation of Nova Scotia Heritage in 1982. In 2007, to underscore the organisation’s refined focus on the province’s museum sector, the organisation assumed its current name – the Association of Nova Scotia Museums… learn more here.

Our Mission: To nurture excellence in and champion on behalf of museums in Nova Scotia.

Our Vision: Museums in Nova Scotia are valued for their community service, are sustainable, and operate according to recognised standards of excellence.

Our Mandate: Working in partnership with museums, communities and supporters, ANSM’s mandate is to:

  • Support 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;
  • Engage in activities with provincial, national and international partners that further ANSM’s aims and benefit the museum sector as a whole.

Our Values: The following values underpin what ANSM does and how we work:

  • Service
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity 
  • Excellence
  • Inclusivity
  • Sustainability