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 $2.5 million towards the much needed
$11.4 million expansion of the Joseph Brant Museum. Listen to community leaders
and past Mayors of Burlington add their support.

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

Expansion Now Reality

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

In 2017, all levels of government showed their vocal and financial support to the expansion as a major community project which was timed to celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary) and the 75th Anniversary of Joseph Brant Museum!

In addition to the City of Burlington Media Release, you can find out more by reading the CHML Global News story!

“The Joseph Brant Museum is an important space in our community that provides a window into Burlington’s rich cultural past and early foundations. I look forward to watching the progress of the construction of the new facilities.”
Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, MP for Burlington

1942 was when the Joseph Brant replica home opened as a Museum
$300K needed by BMF for new Joseph Brant Museum
New Joseph Brant Museum opened September 2019

Generous Community Support

This expansion has been part financed through generous community support provided by Burlington Builder Families who have donated to the Burlington Museums Foundation. In addition to the Ireland family, community leaders Dan Lawrie, Don & Wendy Smith, Michael Schwenger, Hogarth family, Keith Strong, the Paletta family and many others have all come forward to support our project.

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

Showcase Blockbuster Exhibits

The $11.4 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 by reading our Campaign Fundraising Case Book, Foundation Brochure, keep up to date by subscribing to our Newsletter or better still make a donation!

Thank you for being a friend of the Burlington Museums Foundation. We look forward to hearing from you…

Our Heritage Partners

Burlington Foundation | Museums of Burlington | Burlington Historical Society | Tourism Burlington | Heritage Burlington