Submitted Media Release

Anytime is a great time to explore the many local museums and galleries offered in Brantford and our neighbouring communities, but May is a particularly wonderful time. The Ontario Museums Association recognizes “May is Museums Month” province-wide and May 18 is International Museums Day. Here in Brantford we celebrate with the Brant Museum Crawl.

This year, nine local organizations are opening their doors to the public for thirty events over the month of May. The participating sites are: Bell Homestead National Historic Site, Brant Museum & Archives, Canadian Military Heritage Museum, Chiefswood National Historic Site, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks, Myrtleville House Museum, The Paris Museum & Historical Society, and Woodland Cultural Centre.

“We are thrilled to once again partner on the Brant Museum Crawl initiative! There is so much to do in Brantford if you’re a culture enthusiast, but you simply may not know what is in your own backyard. May is the perfect time to visit a new museum, or revisit some of your local favourites, by participating in the thirty events happening in Brantford and area,” says Sara Munroe, Arts & Culture Development Officer for the City of Brantford.

Brant Museum Crawl is a month-long event that celebrates our community museums, galleries, and historic sites. Now in its 4th year, this event was the vision of Octopus Red, who worked with Tourism Brantford and the Brant Museums and Galleries Association to create this community-wide initiative.

“Coming up on the celebration of our tenth year in business for Octopus Red and having spent the bulk of our careers working with community development organizations, we are over the moon about the success of The Brant Museum Crawl. We have seen a one week passport program evolve into a month long event that brings tourism and arts and culture to families across our region. The City of Brantford Economic Development & Tourism Department, specifically Sara Munroe, has been a huge help in organizing the Brant Museum and Gallery Associations events into the month’s programming schedule and providing ongoing social media and advertising supports through their networks,” said Lucas Duguid, Founder and Creative Director of Octopus Red.

“We are happy to see this region receive the recognition in the Arts and Culture community that it deserves as we embrace our unique mix of Urban, Rural, and Indigenous History and Culture,” adds Laura Duguid, Senior Account Manager of Octopus Red. “We look forward to many more years of continuous cooperation and success for The Brant Museum Crawl.”

Enjoy brand new exhibits, walking tours, open houses, and special events developed especially for Brant Museum Crawl. Explore your local museums, meet the wonderful staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to develop the hundreds of free and low cost programs they offer to our community throughout the year, and come back again soon with your friends and family.

If you are participating in any of the Brant Museum Crawl activities, please share with us by using the hashtags #BrantMuseumCrawl and #ONMuseumMonth.