Canadian Museums Association

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Canadian Museums Association
Formation 1947
Type Non-profit association
Legal status Active
Purpose The advancement of the Canadian museum sector
Headquarters Ottawa, Ontario Canada
  • Ottawa, ON
Region served
all of Canada
2000 organizations
Official language
English & French
Affiliations CHIN, OMMC and VMC.

The Canadian Museums Association is a national organization for the promotion of museums in Canada.

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 aims to improve 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

CMA members include national museums, non-profit museums, art galleries, science centres, aquaria, archives, sport halls-of-fame, artist-run centres, zoos and historic sites across Canada. They range from large metropolitan galleries to small community museums. All are dedicated to preserving and presenting Canada's cultural heritage to the public.[citation needed] Over the past 65 years, Canada's museums have developed an international reputation for excellent programming, dedicated public service, and high standards of professionalism.[citation needed]

The CMA is governed by an elected Board of Directors and maintains a full-service Secretariat in Ottawa.


The CMA is a federally incorporated nonprofit association which advances public museum services in Canada, promotes the welfare and a better administration of museums and fosters a continuing improvement in the qualifications and practices of museum professionals.[1]

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  1. ^ A-AD-266-000/AG-001 Canadian Forces Museums –Operations and Administration 2002-04-03

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