Spencer Smith Park
(Spencer Smith Park in Burlington)

Just Imagine

Just imagine; the first blockbuster exhibition has opened at the newly renovated and dramatically expanded Joseph Brant Museum, located at the main cornerstone and gateway to Burlington’s thriving lakeshore.

Spencer Smith Park, Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Art Gallery of Burlington, Discovery Landing, Waterfront Pier, Beachway Park and the many boutiques and restaurants are bustling with tourists, residents and children anxiously waiting to be the first to see and experience this internationally acclaimed major travelling exhibit…

Unique Experience

Burlington is known for its strong community leadership and business acumen. Our city is filled with energy and ambition with a thriving economy and an enviable quality of life.

JBM Strawberry Festival
(MPP Eleanor McMahon, and Councillors Rick Craven and Paul Sharman at the Strawberry Social)

“Ontario’s rich and diverse cultural heritage gives our communities identity and character, and it enhances our sense of place and pride in where we live. Conserving our cultural heritage reflects what we value about our past, what we have learned from it and what we want future generations to know. The Joseph Brant Museum has managed to encompass all of that, and more.”
Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and MPP for Burlington

Improving Our Lives

Ambitious and energetic people choose to live here because they are drawn to a community that has much to offer. The downtown waterfront already has landmarks that provide a rich and distinct experience- Joseph Brant Museum, Art Gallery of Burlington, Beachway Park, Waterfront Pier and the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, all of which will have a lasting impact on the quality of our lives for generations to come.

(Burlington Performing Arts Centre)

Creating a Unique Experience

One major City priority is the development of the important western gateway to our lakefront, Beachway Park and downtown core. From this key strategic location, the Joseph Brant Museum will transform itself to fulfill its new role as Burlington’s Community Museum and Heritage Centre; a year-round, fun, interactive, discovery experience… accessible to all.

Our new Museum will play a pivotal role in attracting thousands of visitors to the Burlington downtown waterfront, which will have a major impact on our future cultural and economical well being.

“The Joseph Brant Museum transformation will help us to celebrate the important history of our First Nations’ people, including Burlington founder Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea), as we transform into a major exhibition and heritage centre, adding to the wonderful cultural spaces that exist along Burlington’s waterfront.

This project is a great example of collaboration between the city, our federal and provincial partners, the Burlington Museums Foundation and our community.”

Mayor Rick Goldring, City of Burlington

Burlington teen-tour band perform at Canada Day celebrations at Joseph Brant Museum

New Thinking

What started as a challenge to bring our current facility up to government accessibility standards has resulted in extensive research on ways to add to the creative power of our children, our families and community.

Exciting & Interactive Learning

Local school boards are highly committed to our curriculum-driven heritage programs. They understand the power of exciting, interactive programming where students learn about the history and uniqueness of our community, gathering self-identity and pride of community.

In recent years, our Museum attendance has grown in leaps and bounds. Our educational programs, special events, in-house exhibitions and increased commitment to travelling shows have all helped to raise awareness in the community to unprecedented levels.

Visitors enjoying Canada Day celebrations at Joseph Brant Museum

Economic Benefit

The financial benefit of the Museum to the local economy is impressive. In fact, research conducted in 2007 by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism indicates that for every 15,000 visitors, we generate just over $5 million to the local economy.*

With appropriate space and amenities that meet industry and museum standards, the Joseph Brant Museum will be able to offer increased educational programming, better showcase our own collections, host blockbuster exhibitions and attract more visitors!


More Information?

For more information you can download:
New Directions Fundraising Campaign Casebook
Burlington Builders “Creating A Legacy. Remembering Our Roots. Sharing Our Stories” brochure
Burlington Museums Foundation Pledge Form
Chamberlain Architects video


“The Museum is a valuable tourism attraction that showcases and celebrates our city’s heritage. This expansion will enhance and extend the visitor’s experience at the museum increasing the economic benefits to the community. The additional space will permit the Museum to host larger local attractions to draw visitors from outside our region.”
Pam Belgrade, Executive Director Tourism Burlington


There are 3 simple ways you can donate.


Online using the Donation Form powered by CanadaHelps. CanadaHelps issues tax receipts on behalf of Burlington Museums Foundation*. CanadaHelps charges a single fee of 4.0% for one-time donations and 3.5% for monthly donations. This amount is deducted before the donation is sent to the Burlington Museums Foundation. The net amount is gifted to the endowment fund.

By Mail

Please complete the attached Pledge Form and mail it to the attention of:
Kim Watson
Director of Museums
2168 Guelph Line Burlington, Ontario L7P 5A8

or email to: info@BurlingtonMusuemsFoundation.ca


Call Cheryl Jorritsma 289-983-8141 and we will take your donation information by telephone.

*For legal and financial transactions with the Foundation, please use our full legal name, Burlington Museums Foundation.

The Burlington Museums Foundation is classified as a “qualified donor” for charitable gifts, and as such is afforded the same privileges as a charitable organization under the Income Tax Act; the Burlington Museums Foundation is not required to have a special charitable number. Donations over $100,000 will require a Donor Agreement. Personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, SO.2001 & 25 and will be used for the administration of the Fundraising Campaign for the Renovation and Expansion of Joseph Brant Museum.