The Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador is a non-profit, charitable organization representing institutions and individuals interested in the preservation and promotion of the province's material and cultural heritage. Since its incorporation in 1980, MANL has grown to include around 150 member museums and heritage societies.
MANL’s constitution outlines its mandate:
- To aid in the improvement and promotion of museums, defined herein as a non-profit, permanent establishment exempt from Federal and Provincial income taxes, open to the public and administered in the public interest, for the purpose of conserving, preserving, studying, interpreting, and exhibiting to the public, for its instruction and enjoyment, objects and specimens of educational and cultural value, including artistic, scientific, historical and technological material.
- To promote the protection and preservation of objects, specimens, records and sites of significance to the natural and human history of Newfoundland and Labrador.
- To disseminate information of special interest to museums and concerned individuals.
- To promote the exchange of information, material, and exhibitions between museums.
- To promote public understanding of museums and of the historical, cultural and artistic resources of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
- To implement training programs so as to upgrade the expertise of museum workers.
MANL’s activities include:
- Acting as a channel of communication between its members and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
- Representing Newfoundland and Labrador as a member of the Canadian Museum Association.
- Publishing a newsletter.
- Administering the MANL Awards Program.
- Offering the MANL Certificate in Museum Studies and other professional development opportunities.
- Other member services.