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.
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.
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!
Without the generous donations of our community leaders and donors, our new museum would not be standing where it is today. The museum may be open but we require $375,000 by the end of 2021 to complete our capital fundraising campaign.
We are very close to completing this project after many years in the making but we need your support to get us to the finish line. 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.