In 2002 a group of 18 community museums sought to standardise their collections management practices and digitise Nova Scotia’s material culture and so launched the Passage Project. The grassroots initiative grew to include over 50 museums and was moved to ANSM within a few years. In 2006 the program received an Award for Outstanding Achievement in Museum Management from the Canadian Museums Association.
Now known as ANSM’s Advisory Service, participating museums receive an annual site visit, one-on-one training, and remote support. The service provides access to and usage of the CollectiveAccess database system, NovaMuse, and related special projects. ANSM members may apply to participate in the service through a peer reviewed application process.