ANSM 2024 Conference
2024 Conference Sponsors

Association of Nova Scotia Museums Annual Conference

October 3–4, 2024
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

About Our Conference

The conference will be held over two days, October 3rd and 4th at the Lunenburg Opera House, in Lunenburg, NS. This year’s theme is All Hands on Deck! We will have a diverse slate of programming and something for every museum including sessions on Community Engagement, Conservation, Financial Management, Exhibitions, and Reconciliation and Repatriation. We’re thrilled to announce that Canadian Museums Association Executive Director and CEO Janis Monture will deliver the closing Keynote on Friday, October 4.

In addition to a thoughtful and practical series of speakers, the Conference will provide many opportunities to network with your colleagues, decompress after a busy summer, and experience Lunenburg hospitality at its finest.

Schedule (DRAFT)

DAY 1 – Thursday, October 3

9:00 am – Registration opens*
10:00 am – Pre-Conference Activity
12:00 pm – Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm – Welcoming Remarks
1:45 pm  – Session 1
3:00 pm – Break
3:30 pm – Session 2
4:45 pm – Pre-Dinner Activity
6:00-7:30 – ANSM Awards Dinner (included with registration)
8:00 – Museum Trivia (location TBD)

* NSM All-sites meeting takes place at a different location

DAY 2 – Friday, October 4

8:45 am – Open for Coffee
9:00 am – Session 3
10:15 am – Break
10:30 am – Session 4 and 5 (Concurrent)
11:45 pm – Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm – Session 6 and 7 (Concurrent)
2:15 pm – Break
2:30 pm – Session 8 and 9 (Concurrent)
3:45 pm – Break
4:00 pm – Closing Keynote


Registration for the conference is now open. Register today to take advantage of early-bird pricing!

Financial Assistance

The Association of Nova Scotia Museums Dr. Peter Cullen Memorial Bursary is available to help cover registration fees. Learn more >

The Canadian Museums Association Conference Bursary is also available and will cover up-to $600 expenses to attend a conference. Learn more >


ANSM has rooms on hold at the Smugglers Cove Inn for discounted rates (15%). For those arriving early, rooms are available the night of Wednesday, October 2nd. Rooms this time of year are difficult to secure so please book your stay early! Please call 902-634-7500 and request a room under the Association of Nova Scotia Museums to receive your discount.

Location and Transportation

The ANSM Conference is taking place at the Lunenburg Opera House in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

290 Lincoln Street
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
B0J 2C0

Lunenburg Opera House on Google Maps

Lunenburg is located 100 KM by highway south west of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Maritime Bus has a stop in Lunenburg less than 1 km from The Lunenburg Opera House. Those travelling by bus can contact to arrange a pick-up from the bus stop.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The ANSM Conference brings together 60-100 museum professionals and represents many museums in the province. Sponsors will have increased visibility with Conference delegates as well as the over 500 museum professionals to whom this Conference will be promoted.

There are various levels of sponsorship from $50 to $5000+. Anyone interested in sponsoring the Conference should contact Devin Casario, Conference Chair at

Our Sponsorship package can also be downloaded here.

Conference Committee

ANSM would like to thank our Conference Committee members:

Kandace Forward, Katie Tanner, Sara England, Hilda Russell, Erika Wilson, Sam Brannen, Sandra Barney
Conference Chair: Devin Casario (ANSM Executive Director)