Transformation Project

Reconstruction was Desperately Needed

The need for the expansion of the museum had been identified in 1978. The museum was not accessible to all, did not meet adequate standards for artifact storage needs, mounting travelling exhibits, or accommodating groups for education, tours and events. The Joseph Brant Museum required major change from its beginnings 35 years before.

See the Renovation – from the initial plans, to breaking ground, to the grand opening

Joseph Brant Museum has been Transformed

The museum has recently undergone major reconstruction to meet national museum standards for accessibility, exhibitions, archive storage and protection. Situated in the heart of our waterfront, its doors re-opened on September 19, 2019 with an added 12,000 square feet of space, expanding its educational programs and special events. The contemporary design offers 3 permanent galleries, a dedicated space for school groups and education programs, a gallery to host travelling exhibits, a park-like setting complete with a rooftop garden, and state-of-the-art storage for artifacts.

Celebrate our Past

Discover Burlington's history and growth from a small village to a bustling city.

Engage in Unique Experiences

Participate in fun, hands-on interactive experiences.

Learn New Perspectives

Learn about the past, present and future and gain new knowledge-based perspectives.

Inspire New Thinking

Stimulate your mind with creative thinking, interpretation and reflection.

Celebrate. Engage. Learn. Inspire

  • I was impressed by the Burlington history exhibit. It was a fascinating display of old documents, farming tools, everyday household items, and short but very informative stories about Joseph Brant and the history of Burlington.

  • The Mythical Beasts exhibit was really cool to walk through; the whole family enjoyed it. We love the improvements to the Museum that were made during the renovations.

  • Amazing place, not just for kids, but for grown-ups as well. Opportunities to learn and get some hands-on experience as well.

  • The Museums of Burlington hosts so many events a year that my family loves. We are frequent guests and big fans!

Help Us Get to the Finish Line

Without the generous donations of our community leaders and donors, our new museum would not be standing where it is today. 

Total Cost
$11.4 million
$4.5 million
Province of Ontario
$1.5 million
$2.9 million
Burlington Museums Foundation
$2.5 million

 Without the gifts of so many generous Burlington citizens, we would not have this state-of-the-art facility and beautiful addition to our waterfront.

Make a Donation

Your donation is essential to the Museums’ success and future.

Get Involved

Learn more about the opportunities to get involved, help us reach our goal and support history and culture in your community.