Strategic Plan

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 Scotia 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.

Our Mission:

The mission of the Association of Nova Scotia Museums is: To nurture excellence in and champion on behalf of museums in Nova Scotia

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.

Our Vision:

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

Key Issues:

ANSM has identified the following four issues as being of greatest strategic importance to the organization over the next three years:

  1. Leadership/Engagement
  2. Financial Stability
  3. Museum Excellence
  4. Governance


The board has established the following goals in relation to ANSM’s four priority issues:

  1. Leadership/Engagement
    1. To be a recognized leader in building awareness of and support for museums in Nova Scotia
  2. Financial Stability
    1. To have stable and diverse financial resources that are appropriate to fulfil ANSM's priorities.
  3. Museum Excellence
    1. To provide a range of programs that are responsive to the needs of our members and advance standards of excellence.
  4. Governance
    1. To strengthen governance practices within the museum community in Nova Scotia