General Information

Our Vision: Burlington is a community that knows and celebrates its diverse cultural heritage, and plays an active role in building a better future for Burlington.

Our Mission: to inspire an appreciation of Burlington's past and its relevance to our present and future.  We will do this through innovative sharing and collecting of Burlington's heritage and providing life long learning experiences.

Our Values:

  • Respect and Inclusiveness - fostering trust, collaboration, appreciation and diversity.
  • Leadership and Excellence - promoting integrity, initiative, high standards and program accountability.
  • Scholarship and Professionalism - encouraging creativity, rigorous inquiry, documentation, communication and upholding ethical standards.
  • Commitment and Responsibility - encouraging legal, ethical and fiscal accountability.
  • Knowledge and Life Long Learning - promoting curiosity, discovery and teaching.

Burlington’s community museum is a replica of the original homestead of Joseph Brant ‘Thayendanegea’ (1742-1807). In 1798, the Mohawk and British captain was granted 3,450 acres at the ‘head-of-the-lake’ (Burlington Bay) by King George III, awarded for his services to the Crown during the Seven Years War and the American Revolution.

Built to commemorate Joseph Brant at the urging of the Hon. T.B. McQuesten, Minister of Highways in Ontario, and with the help of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire, Thayendanegea Chapter; construction began in 1937, with the official opening of the Museum to the public on May 22, 1942.  The year 2012 marks the Museum's 70th Anniversary - click the link below to see some of the highlights since 1942!

Celebrating 70 Years (12.7 MB)

Over the years, the Museum has added a number of important acquisitions to the collection, including personal artifacts owned and used by Joseph Brant and the Eileen Collard Collection of Historic Costume and Textiles. Committed to the preservation of Burlington’s past, the Joseph Brant Museum is a place for exploring a wealth of cultural traditions, issues and ideas that inspire within and beyond our borders.

To learn more about Joseph Brant, click here.

Download our Annual Report here.

Download our Strategic Plan here.