May is Museum Month in Ontario, and museums across Brantford are celebrating with open houses, new exhibitions, and special events.
Museums are important in our community, and do much more than preserve local artifacts and history. Our local museums help to better our understanding of who we are as individuals and as a community through facilitating both self-reflection and conversations. Guided tours are a great way to learn behind-the-scenes stories from museum staff and volunteers; special events, lectures and workshops will give you the opportunity to develop new skills, meet like-minded people, and learn more about a particular topic; and exhibitions will teach you about your community’s history and how our past is relevant today.
We are lucky to have no shortage of cultural treasures in Brantford and area, and the museums are as diverse as the community. Each museum focuses on regional art, culture or heritage; many have permanent collections; and most host travelling exhibitions as well as diverse programming for children, adults and families. Some of the exciting new events and exhibitions taking place this Museum Month include:
The Bell Homestead National Historic Site is celebrating May is Museum Month with a number of special events throughout the month. On May 17, which is International Museum Day, the museum is hosting its annual May is Museum Month Open House. Guests will enjoy free admission and a guided tour of the home that inspired the invention of the telephone. For a full list of events coming up at the Homestead, including more information about Eliza’s Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea on May 10th or the 2th annual Barn Sale on May 23, visit the Bell Homestead page on the City of Brantford website.
Since 1972 the Woodland Cultural Centre has been a leader in Indigenous excellence. Committed to protecting, promoting and preserving the history, language, and culture of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee. Today the Centre provides space for the promotion and presentation of Indigenous art and cultural programs. Book a tour and visit the museum, attend a performance of browse the galleries. On May 23, Woodland Cultural Centre is launching its annual Indigenous Art Exhibit that will run until October 14. This exhibit is one of the longest running annual exhibits that provide established and emerging indigenous artists an excellent opportunity to exhibit and sell their work in a fine art gallery. The dynamic contemporary pieces communicate a unique and powerful Indigenous voice that should not be missed! Visit the Woodland Cultural Website for information and to discover more upcoming events.
Located in Glenhyrst Gardens, a beautifully landscaped sixteen-acre park on the banks of the Grand River, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brantoffers contemporary fine art exhibitions, guided tours, classes, lectures, events, an Art Rental service, school education program and rental of the estate facilities. In addition, the gallery has a permanent collection of over 600 artworks. Visit Glenhyrst on Saturday, May 24 for one of their annual events, Family Arts Day, and enjoy a tour of the museum, crafts and fun for the whole family. Visit the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant website for more information.
For up to date information about upcoming arts, culture and heritage events in Brantford, Brant and Six Nations during Museum Month, “like” the City of Brantford Tourism Facebook page or visit our 2020/2021 What’s On Festivals & Events Brochure. `.