School Programs


The Museums of Burlington is pleased to offer students an immersive, hands-on look at history and culture through our collection, exhibits, and interactive programming. Designed around the Ontario curriculum, our programs allow students to explore the past, and present with different approaches to learning.

Programs are 2 hours in length, and are adaptable to fit individual class needs. Any two programs can be booked together on the same day to make a full day (4 hour) program.

Please note that there is a maximum capacity of approximately 45 students per program (or 1 bus).

Program Fees

Regular Programs

Half day (2-hour program) - $5.00/student

Full day (4-hour program) - $7.00/student

Classroom visit - $5.75/student

Seasonal Programs

Family and Community Traditions - $6.50/student

Victorian Christmas - $6.50/student 

Family and Community Traditions and Victorian Christmas - $10.50/student 

Teachers and parent volunteers are free at a ratio of 1:8. EAs are excluded from the ratio. No minimum booking number required. 

HST is not applicable.

Please be aware that the Museums of Burlington programs are peanut free. We also ask parents to send children appropriately dressed and protected for the weather via winter or summer gear.


Booking Procedures


Programs should be booked at least two weeks in advance to ensure your choice of date is available. 


Confirmation of bookings will be sent in advance of the program. When arriving by bus at Ireland House Museum, please inform the driver to use the back entrance, located on Ireland Drive.


For more information, or to book your program, please contact our Educators at 905.332.9888 or email


Families Then, Families Now

How have families changed? How have they stayed the same? Your class explores the concept of ‘family’ and their role in it, by comparing and contrasting their family to the Ireland family. Students learn about the specific roles on a farm, including chores children were expected to do, and help our staff complete some of these chores around the home. 

Curriculum Connections

The Kindergarten Program, 2016 – Belonging and Contributing

Grade 1 Social Studies - Heritage and Identity: Our Changing Roles and Responsibilities 


Energy in our Lives 

Wood, kerosene, food, sunlight, wind, human strength and animal power - all were used as forms of energy by the Ireland family. Your class explores these different types of energy and examines how they were used to cook, to entertain, to see and to work. Students try lighting a working 1830s open hearth, sample cooked fruit and make a historical toy which relies on wind energy to work. 

Curriculum Connections

Grade 1 Science and Technology – Understanding Matter and Energy: Energy in our Lives 


Victorian Christmas*

Visit Ireland House Museum and experience the special heritage traditions of a Victorian Christmas. The seasonally decorated historic house provides an appropriate backdrop for your students, while they learn about how traditions have changed over the years. Special heritage crafts and hearth baking completes the visit. This seasonal program is available mid-November to December. 

Curriculum Connections

Grade 2 Social Studies – Heritage and Identity: Changing Family and Community Traditions 


Growth and Changes in Plants 

How did the Ireland family’s garden grow? This program introduces students to seasonality and how dependent the Ireland family was on a good harvest. Your class starts by learning about the basic needs of plants. Students then explore the different ways in which people used plants for food, shelter, clothing and medicine in the past and present. All participants will plant a seed and take it back to class, to study and observe how it grows over time. 

Curriculum Connections

Grade 3 Science and Technology – Understanding Life Systems: Growth and Changes in Plants


Burlington and the First World War

World War I brought on a period of change in Canada and abroad. Join us at Ireland House Museum to learn about Burlington and the First World War. Students will take a close look at the role of Nursing Sisters at the Brant Military Hospital, and triage wounded soldiers. Students will learn about the impact of canning factories, such as those on the Burlington waterfront, in feeding an army, and put together rations for the troops. Students will also learn about the experience of two Ireland family members during the War, and make their own recruitment posters.

Curriculum Connections

Grade 10 History - Canadian History Since World War I


*Seasonal programs offered mid-November through December.



The transformed Joseph Brant Museum is slated to open in the summer of 2019. Keep an eye on our website and look for our new school programs at this brand-new site, starting in September 2019.  


Are you a teaching parent? Join us at Ireland House Museum for our home school programs! These programs are specifically for home school families. You and your child will learn about math, science and history here at one of Burlington’s oldest houses. 

All of the programs are 2 hours, running from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per student. Please see below for specific themes and dates. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at (905) 332-9888 and ask to speak to someone about our home school programs. You can also reach us via email at:

Please note, payment is due upon registration to confirm your participation.  We accept credit card payment over the phone or cash/credit card in person. Thank you! 



Rebellions, Symbols and Canadian History | Friday, February 22, 2019

This program focuses on an event in Canada between 1800-1890; the Rebellions of 1837-1838. Your child learns about this event, assesses its significance and discovers the importance of symbols throughout history. The history of Ireland House is put in to the context of this event as your child explores the home, looking for symbols hidden throughout. Your child then designs a family crest, using common symbols and images. This program is recommended for the Intermediate grades (Grades 7-8).  

Families Then, Families Now | Friday, March 22, 2019

How have families changed? How have they stayed the same? This program explores the concept of ‘family’ and your child’s role in it, by comparing and contrasting their family to the Ireland family. Your child learns about the specific roles on a farm, including chores children were expected to do, and help our staff complete some of these chores around the home. This program is recommended for the Primary grades (Grades 1-3). 

The Many Forms of Measurement | Friday, April 26, 2019

This program builds on your child’s prior knowledge of perimeter and area. Your child learns about the ways people measured things in the past, and tests some of these measurement techniques for accuracy. Next, your child tours the Ireland House, measuring different rooms to discover their area and perimeter. Finally, your child completes an activity about volume, by examining sugar cubes. Let’s get measuring! This program is recommended for the Junior grades (Grades 4-6). 

Medical Mysteries | Friday, May 24, 2019

Explore some medical mysteries at Ireland House! Your child is introduced to early ideas about cells, medicine and what made people sick, by exploring the sick room in Ireland House. This early knowledge is compared to current understandings about cells and health, in both plants and animals. Finally, using a variety of supplies, your child will build their own small plant or animal cell. This program is recommended for the Intermediate grades (Grades 7-8). 

Family and Community Traditions | Friday, June 28, 2019

Join us to explore traditions and celebrations form all over the world! Our program room will turn into a cultural cornucopia of sights and sounds, providing various heritage traditions of the past, and reflecting our present citizenry of Burlington. This program is recommended for all grade levels.