Helping to Raise Friends & Funds

The Burlington Museums Foundation is a registered charitable foundation that helps raise friends and funds to support Burlington’s two museums, Joseph Brant Museum and Ireland House at Oakridge Farm.

Our top priority is a commitment to raise $2.1 million towards the much needed
$10.8 million expansion of the Joseph Brant Museum.

(Burlington MP Karina Gould and Mayor Rick Goldring at the Joseph Brant Museum Strawberry Social)

Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary

After more than two decades of planning, the much-needed expansion of Burlington’s Joseph Brant Museum is finally poised to become a reality.

All levels of government are now indicating a willingness to support the expansion as a major community project to celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary) in 2017. Coincidentally, 2017 is also the 75th Anniversary of Joseph Brant Museum!

“An expanded Joseph Brant Museum would increase visitor activity to the museum and the waterfront as a whole.”
Karina Gould, MP

Generous Community Support

We are now moving beyond ‘conceptual’ renderings to detailed architectural drawings that will allow the City of Burlington to seek tenders for construction. This stage is being financed through generous community support provided by Burlington Builder Families who have donated to the Burlington Museums Foundation.

(Burlington Museums Foundation present a cheque for $1 Million to Burlington Foundation)

Showcase Blockbuster Exhibits

The $10.8 million expansion will add 14,000 square feet including four exhibit halls that offer the opportunity to showcase special exhibits, two multi-purpose rooms, a lobby, shop, resource centre and storage for over 25,000 artifacts and historical treasures.

More importantly, it will enable the Joseph Brant Museum, Burlington’s Community Museum and Heritage Centre, to showcase blockbuster exhibitions from around the globe.

In partnership with the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, the Art Gallery of Burlington and Discovery Landing, the new Joseph Brant Museum will also enhance Burlington’s waterfront as a destination for local families and tourists.


To learn more about the Joseph Brant Museum expansion please watch Chamberlain Architects concept video. You can also find more information on our website and keep up to date by subscribing to our Newsletter or better still make a donation!

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