• Ireland House at Oakridge Farm

Built between 1835-1837, Ireland House at Oakridge Farm was the home of Joseph Ireland, one of Burlington's earliest settlers. Emigrating from Bowes, Yorkshire, England in 1819 at the age of 27, he petitioned for land at Oakridge Farm and so began a legacy that continues today. Joseph and his descendants occupied Ireland House until 1985. In 1987, the City of Burlington purchased the property from the estate of Lucie Marie Ireland Bush and established a museum, restoring the homestead to illustrate three distinct time periods that represent the generations of Irelands who lived in the house: 1850s, 1890s and 1920s. Ninety percent of the furnishings are original to the Ireland family thanks to a generous donation by Helen Ireland Caldwell, Marie's first cousin. Restorations of the house have reclaimed missing elements of former times, bringing the Museum back to its feeling of a period home and farm.

The property consists of 4 acres of woodland, gardens, potting shed, cottage/drive shed, and picnic areas. Tours of the property, living historical demonstrations, special events and educational programs are offered.


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2168 Guelph Line
Burlington, ON
L7P 5A8
905-332-9888

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  • Upcoming Events

    • O Canada Summer Camp
      Ireland House Museum

      Join us this summer to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada and Ontario! Four of our five weeks will focus… More >

      Join us this summer to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada and Ontario! Four of our five weeks will focus on 1867 and provide campers a fun, hands-on opportunity to step back in time to experience life at the founding of our country and province. Our last week will cover the last 150 years of Canadian history, featuring highlights from around the country!

       

      July 10 – 14: July 17 – 21: July 24 – 28: House and Farm August 14 – 18: Entertainment August 21 – 25: 150 Years in 5 Days

      Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

      Cost: $175.00 per week, or $40.00 per day

      Age: 5 - 12 years Extended hours available upon request from 8:00 am – 9:00 am and 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. The cost is $6.00 per session. Museum members receive 25% off the camp registration fee! Extended hours are excluded. Some activities will take place outdoors, so please dress your campers for the weather.

       

      To register, please visit www.museumsofburlington.ca, or call 905-332-9888.

      Location 2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, L7P 5A8

      Email MuseumEducation@burlington.ca

      Web https://museumsofburlington.ca/ireland-house/education/camps


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      - Aug -
      25
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      - Jul -
      10
    • Toddler Days - On the Farm
      Ireland House Museum

      Howdy! Join us on the farm today. We’ll have fun matching barn shapes, helping pigs find their tails, and making… More >

      Howdy! Join us on the farm today. We’ll have fun matching barn shapes, helping pigs find their tails, and making corn hop!

      Toddler Days runs Thursday mornings at Ireland House Museum from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. This program is designed for children between the ages of 2 and 4. The cost is $5/child, and accompanying adults are complimentary.

      Preregistration is strongly recommended. Please visit our website, or call 905-332-9888 to speak with Kate or Valerie G.

      Time 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

      Location 2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, L7P 5A8

      Email museumeducation@burlington.ca

      Web http://www.museumsofburlington.ca


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      - Sep -
      14
    • Applefest Fall Fair
      Ireland House Museum

      Celebrate the harvest season at Ireland House Museum, a tradition in Burlington for over 20 years! See Burlington’s past come… More >

      Celebrate the harvest season at Ireland House Museum, a tradition in Burlington for over 20 years! See Burlington’s past come to life with historic demonstrations as you tour the museum. There are lots of activities and fun to be had for the whole family including: main stage entertainment, a hay maze, a vendors market, antique cars, children’s activities and delicious apple desserts, alongside the BBQ. ADMISSION IS FREE provided by our presenting sponsor, the Rocca Sisters & Associates.

      Time 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

      Location 2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, L7P5A8

      Email valerie.amaral@burlington.ca

      Web https://www.facebook.com/events/270292683458474


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      - Sep -
      17
    • Toddler Days - The Very Hungry Caterpillar
      Ireland House Museum

      Today we’re following the adventures of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar!” We’ll listen to the story, feed the caterpillar, and make… More >

      Today we’re following the adventures of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar!” We’ll listen to the story, feed the caterpillar, and make our own butterflies!

      Toddler Days runs Thursday mornings at Ireland House Museum from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. This program is designed for children between the ages of 2 and 4. The cost is $5/child, and accompanying adults are complimentary.

      Preregistration is strongly recommended. Please visit our website, or call 905-332-9888 to speak with Kate or Valerie G.

      Time 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

      Location 2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, L7P 5A8

      Email museumeducation@burlington.ca

      Web http://www.museumsofburlington.ca


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      - Sep -
      21
    • Toddler Days - Exploring Our Senses
      Ireland House Museum

      We’re exploring our senses at Ireland House Museum today. We’ll make a scented rainbow, play “Eye Spy,” and enjoy different… More >

      We’re exploring our senses at Ireland House Museum today. We’ll make a scented rainbow, play “Eye Spy,” and enjoy different sounds that we make!

      Toddler Days runs Thursday mornings at Ireland House Museum from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. This program is designed for children between the ages of 2 and 4. The cost is $5/child, and accompanying adults are complimentary.

      Preregistration is strongly recommended. Please visit our website, or call 905-332-9888 to speak with Kate or Valerie G.

      Time 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

      Location 2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, L7P 5A8

      Email museumeducation@burlington.ca

      Web http://www.museumsofburlington.ca


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      - Sep -
      28
    • Doors Open Burlington
      Various location around the city

      Doors Open Burlington provides a unique opportunity to view your city from a new perspective and celebrate the cultural importance… More >

      Doors Open Burlington provides a unique opportunity to view your city from a new perspective and celebrate the cultural importance of the sites in the community. Many sites will offer special activities, such as tours, exhibitions and demonstrations. The event will celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary. 

      Time 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

      Location 426 Brant St, Burlington, L7R 3Z6

      Email hello@doorsopenburlington.com

      Web http://www.doburlington.com


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      - Sep -
      30
    • Doors Open Burlington
      Ireland House Museum

      Come out and visit heritage sites, noteworthy buildings, and interesting locations – free of charge! Many of these buildings and… More >

      Come out and visit heritage sites, noteworthy buildings, and interesting locations – free of charge! Many of these buildings and locations will offer special activities during the day.

      Participating sites include: Bayview Cemetery, Crematory & Mausoleum, Burlington Masonic Centre,Canadian Red Cross Society, The Crossroads Centre, Freeman Station, Halton Mosque and Halton Islamic Association, Ireland House Museum, Knox Presbyterian Church, Lowville Schoolhouse, Lowville United Church, Roseland Park Country Club, St. John's Anglican Church, St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, St. Luke's Anglican Church, St. Matthew on-the-Plains Anglican Church, Thinkspot/Walt Rickli Sculpture Garden and Union Burying Ground.

      For more information visit: http://www.doburlington.com

      Time 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

      Location 2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, L7P5A8

      Email valerie.amaral@burlington.ca

      Web http://www.doburlington.com


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      - Sep -
      30
    • Toddler Days - Once Upon a Time
      Ireland House Museum

      Join us to hear two of our favourite fairytales – Jack and the Beanstalk, and The Three Little Pigs. We’ll… More >

      Join us to hear two of our favourite fairytales – Jack and the Beanstalk, and The Three Little Pigs. We’ll help Jack climb up the beanstalk, and make our own balloon pigs!

      Toddler Days runs Thursday mornings at Ireland House Museum from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. This program is designed for children between the ages of 2 and 4. The cost is $5/child, and accompanying adults are complimentary.

      Preregistration is strongly recommended. Please visit our website, or call 905-332-9888 to speak with Kate or Valerie G.

      Time 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

      Location 2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, L7P 5A8

      Email museumeducation@burlington.ca

      Web http://www.museumsofburlington.ca


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      - Oct -
      05
    • Toddler Days - Pizza Party
      Ireland House Museum

      Do you like pizza? We LOVE pizza! We’re going to experiment with yeast, search for ingredients, and count the slices… More >

      Do you like pizza? We LOVE pizza! We’re going to experiment with yeast, search for ingredients, and count the slices on our pizza!

      Toddler Days runs Thursday mornings at Ireland House Museum from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. This program is designed for children between the ages of 2 and 4. The cost is $5/child, and accompanying adults are complimentary.

      Preregistration is strongly recommended. Please visit our website, or call 905-332-9888 to speak with Kate or Valerie G.

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      Time 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

      Location 2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, L7P 5A8

      Email museumeducation@burlington.ca

      Web http://www.museumsofburlington.ca


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      - Oct -
      12
    • Lego Club - Pirates
      Ireland House Museum

      Ahoy mateys! Today we leave our land lubber lives behind, because the pirate life is for us! We’ll make our… More >

      Ahoy mateys! Today we leave our land lubber lives behind, because the pirate life is for us! We’ll make our own pirate hats and eye patches, build chests to hide our treasure, and set sail on the open seas in our very own Lego pirate ships.

      Lego Club is a supervised drop-off program which takes place one Sunday per month throughout the school year. Each month the Lego Club activities are guided by a different theme, and incorporate Lego building, games, and crafts. The program runs from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, and the cost is $10/child between the ages of 5 and 12.

      Register online here, or call 905-332-9888 to speak with Kate or Valerie G.

      Time 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

      Location 2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, L7P 5A8

      Email museumeducation@burlington.ca

      Web http://www.museumsofburlington.ca


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      - Oct -
      15
    • Toddler Days - Brown Bear, Brown Bear
      Ireland House Museum

      Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see? Today we’ll find out as we listen to the story, practice moving… More >

      Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see? Today we’ll find out as we listen to the story, practice moving like animals, and sort the characters by size.

      Toddler Days runs Thursday mornings at Ireland House Museum from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. This program is designed for children between the ages of 2 and 4. The cost is $5/child, and accompanying adults are complimentary.

      Preregistration is strongly recommended. Please visit our website, or call 905-332-9888 to speak with Kate or Valerie G.

      Time 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

      Location 2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, L7P 5A8

      Email museumeducation@burlington.ca

      Web http://www.museumsofburlington.ca


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      - Oct -
      19
    • Toddler Days - Halloween
      Ireland House Museum

      Halloween is coming, and we’re ready to celebrate at Ireland House Museum. We’ll be making Frankenworms, racing spiders, and feeding… More >

      Halloween is coming, and we’re ready to celebrate at Ireland House Museum. We’ll be making Frankenworms, racing spiders, and feeding a friendly monster!

      Toddler Days runs Thursday mornings at Ireland House Museum from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. This program is designed for children between the ages of 2 and 4. The cost is $5/child, and accompanying adults are complimentary.

      Preregistration is strongly recommended. Please visit our website, or call 905-332-9888 to speak with Kate or Valerie G.

      Time 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

      Location 2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, L7P 5A8

      Email museumeducation@burlington.ca

      Web http://www.museumsofburlington.ca


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      - Oct -
      26
    • Toddler Days - Christmas
      Ireland House Museum

      How does your family celebrate over the holiday? Today we’ll be sorting ornaments, counting bows, and singing carols! Toddler Days… More >

      How does your family celebrate over the holiday? Today we’ll be sorting ornaments, counting bows, and singing carols!

      Toddler Days runs Thursday mornings at Ireland House Museum from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. This program is designed for children between the ages of 2 and 4. The cost is $5/child, and accompanying adults are complimentary.

      Preregistration is strongly recommended. Please visit our website, or call 905-332-9888 to speak with Kate or Valerie G.

      Time 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

      Location 2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, L7P 5A8

      Email museumeducation@burlington.ca

      Web http://www.museumsofburlington.ca


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      - Nov -
      02
    • Lego Club - Inventions
      Ireland House Museum

      Did you know that Lego was invented in Denmark in 1949? Today we’ll be learning more about how Lego was… More >

      Did you know that Lego was invented in Denmark in 1949? Today we’ll be learning more about how Lego was created, and have fun coming up with inventions of our own! We’ll make inventor goggles, and build Lego robots!

      Lego Club is a supervised drop-off program which takes place one Sunday per month throughout the school year. Each month the Lego Club activities are guided by a different theme, and incorporate Lego building, games, and crafts. The program runs from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, and the cost is $10/child between the ages of 5 and 12.

      Register online here, or call 905-332-9888 to speak with Kate or Valerie G.

      Time 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

      Location 2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, L7P 5A8

      Email museumeducation@burlington.ca

      Web http://www.museumsofburlington.ca


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      - Nov -
      05
    • Lego Club - Jungle
      Ireland House Museum

      Watch out! Phew, you almost stepped on a giant jungle beetle! Keep an eye out today as we build our… More >

      Watch out! Phew, you almost stepped on a giant jungle beetle! Keep an eye out today as we build our own jungle tree houses and river boats. We’ll also be making binoculars before we head out to look for exotic animals.

      Lego Club is a supervised drop-off program which takes place one Sunday per month throughout the school year. Each month the Lego Club activities are guided by a different theme, and incorporate Lego building, games, and crafts. The program runs from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, and the cost is $10/child between the ages of 5 and 12.

      Register online here, or call 905-332-9888 to speak with Kate or Valerie G.

      Time 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

      Location 2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, L7P 5A8

      Email museumeducation@burlington.ca

      Web http://www.museumsofburlington.ca


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      - Jan -
      14
    • Lego Club - Mighty Machines
      Ireland House Museum

      These days we’re surrounded by, and rely upon, all different types of machines. They help us cook, clean, get around… More >

      These days we’re surrounded by, and rely upon, all different types of machines. They help us cook, clean, get around town, and more! Today we’ll be building some machines of our own. We’ll travel into the past in our own custom time machines, then journey back to the present to make candy machines. We’ll also use a simple pulley machine to send our Lego minifigures down a zip line!

      Lego Club is a supervised drop-off program which takes place one Sunday per month throughout the school year. Each month the Lego Club activities are guided by a different theme, and incorporate Lego building, games, and crafts. The program runs from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, and the cost is $10/child between the ages of 5 and 12.

      Register online here, or call 905-332-9888 to speak with Kate or Valerie G.

      Time 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

      Location 2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, L7P 5A8

      Email museumeducation@burlington.ca

      Web http://www.museumsofburlington.ca


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      - Feb -
      11
    • Lego Club - Circus
      Ireland House Museum

      Have you ever wanted to run away and join the circus? Today’s the day! We’re building a circus, and making… More >

      Have you ever wanted to run away and join the circus? Today’s the day! We’re building a circus, and making circus mosaics with Lego. We’ll also build a Lego ring toss game to play, and guess how many Lego blocks are in a mystery container!

      Lego Club is a supervised drop-off program which takes place one Sunday per month throughout the school year. Each month the Lego Club activities are guided by a different theme, and incorporate Lego building, games, and crafts. The program runs from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, and the cost is $10/child between the ages of 5 and 12.

      Register online here, or call 905-332-9888 to speak with Kate or Valerie G.

      Time 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

      Location 2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, L7P 5A8

      Email museumeducation@burlington.ca

      Web http://www.museumsofburlington.ca


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      - Mar -
      11
    • Lego Club - Mystery
      Ireland House Museum

      Calling all sleuths! An artifact has gone missing from the museum, and we need your help to find it! We… More >

      Calling all sleuths! An artifact has gone missing from the museum, and we need your help to find it! We will follow evidence left behind by the thief to discover their identity, and recover our stolen artifact. We’ll work on our code cracking skills, and use Lego to help us overcome obstacles that we encounter on our adventure.

      Lego Club is a supervised drop-off program which takes place one Sunday per month throughout the school year. Each month the Lego Club activities are guided by a different theme, and incorporate Lego building, games, and crafts. The program runs from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, and the cost is $10/child between the ages of 5 and 12.

      Register online here, or call 905-332-9888 to speak with Kate or Valerie G.

      Time 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

      Location 2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, L7P 5A8

      Email museumeducation@burlington.ca

      Web http://www.museumsofburlington.ca


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      - Apr -
      15
    • Lego Club - Under the Sea
      Ireland House Museum

      Get your scuba suits ready! There’s a whole other world under the sea, and today we’ll be taking a dive… More >

      Get your scuba suits ready! There’s a whole other world under the sea, and today we’ll be taking a dive to explore it.  We will build our own Lego boats to take us out into the middle of the sea. We will explore the underwater wildlife, and make a moving fish! We will also build our own lego reefs and underwater cities!

      Lego Club is a supervised drop-off program which takes place one Sunday per month throughout the school year. Each month the Lego Club activities are guided by a different theme, and incorporate Lego building, games, and crafts. The program runs from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, and the cost is $10/child between the ages of 5 and 12.

      Register online here, or call 905-332-9888 to speak with Kate or Valerie G.

      Time 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

      Location 2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, L7P 5A8

      Email museumeducation@burlington.ca

      Web http://www.museumsofburlington.ca


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      - May -
      06
    • Lego Club - Lego Party
      Ireland House Museum

      There ain’t no party like a Lego Club party, ‘cause a Lego Club party don’t stop! We’re celebrating the start… More >

      There ain’t no party like a Lego Club party, ‘cause a Lego Club party don’t stop! We’re celebrating the start of summer, Lego-style, today! We will play Lego “I Spy,” run a Lego spoon race, and enjoy a Lego-themed snack, just to name a few activities!

      Lego Club is a supervised drop-off program which takes place one Sunday per month throughout the school year. Each month the Lego Club activities are guided by a different theme, and incorporate Lego building, games, and crafts. The program runs from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, and the cost is $10/child between the ages of 5 and 12.

      Register online here, or call 905-332-9888 to speak with Kate or Valerie G.

      Time 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

      Location 2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, L7P 5A8

      Email museumeducation@burlington.ca

      Web http://www.museumsofburlington.ca


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      10
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