We believe that we are stronger when we can work with others that hold the same goals as we do and this is why we are proud members of the following organizations:
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
The Council of Nova Scotia Archives (CNSA) is a professional association for archives and archivists in Nova Scotia. The Council advocates for the proper preservation of archives and the importance of public access to these records, through our member institutions. A number of dedicated professional archivists, drawn from member institutions, occupy positions on our administrative committees. Through these committees, the CNSA endeavors to promote archival standards, procedures and practices among its members and those institutions and organizations entrusted with the care of Nova Scotia’s documentary heritage.
NovaMuse is a collection of collections. Museums collect material culture and documentary evidence of our past. Many of these community museums serve multiple functions, also operating as archives, art galleries, cultural and interpretive centres. Each has its own focus – based on community boundaries, industries, or specific themes. These collections are held in the public trust, and museums work to preserve, research, interpret and exhibit the objects in their care. This website enables contributors to share their collections online regardless of their geographical location, physical space or hours of operation.
The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) is the national organization for the advancement of the Canadian museum sector, representing Canadian museum professionals both within Canada and internationally. The CMA works for the recognition, growth, and stability of the sector. It was established by a small group of people in Quebec City in 1947. There were 161 museums in Canada in 1951; by 1972 there were 838 museums, galleries and related institutions. As the quantity of Canadian museums increased, so did the need for the CMA.
Today, the CMA has nearly 2,000 members, and supports them with training and professional development programs, conferences, publications, networking opportunities, a body of knowledge, and a dedicated staff.
The Southwest Nova Scotia Curators group has been meeting twice a year for over 25 years now. The group consists of one to two representatives, usually the Directors/Managers/Curators of all the museums in southwest Nova Scotia. Twenty-five years ago, the group started out small then grew to what it is today as more museum's came on board.