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Hours of Operations

September – June Hours:
Tues to Sat:
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

July – August Hours:
Mon to Sat:
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Note: Second and Third floors are not wheelchair accessible.


$6 Adults,
$5 Seniors, Students & Children

School Tours

$2.50 per student and $3.00 per adult ( Teachers free)

School group tours must be pre-booked two weeks in advance



The painting to be created at Daly House Museum’s Paint Nite is entitled “Misty Moutain Sunrise”


Daly House Museum to bring “Paint Nite”, newest recreational Trend, to Prairie Firehouse

Do you need a night out to relax with friends?  Would you like to combine your night out with artistic flair and take home a painting you have created yourself?  Then Paint Nite is the event for you.

On January 24, 2018 at the Prairie Firehouse on Princess, Paint Nite will be in Brandon.  A facilitator will provide canvass, brushes, and paint and will walk you through the creation of your own “take-away” masterpiece.  No artistic ability or experience is needed!  While you are there, you may order drinks and food from the regular menu.

“It’s a great opportunity for a mother-daughter experience,” explains Shari Dressler, Board member for Daly House Museum and organizer for the event.  “Coming right after Christmas, the event makes a great gift for the art lover in your family”  The event is not just for art lovers.  It’s an opportunity for anyone, of any age, to socialize with friends over a fun activity, while supporting the Daly house Museum.

“Paint Nite” is an international organization formed to help non-profit organizations with their fundraising efforts.  The cost for the event is $45, of which $15 goes directly to Daly House.  The fee includes all supplies and the services of a facilitator.  The event begins at 7 PM and runs about 2 hours.  Registration must be made in advance through Paint Nite’s website, https://www.paintnite.com/events?lat=49.8174&lon=-99.9565&term=Brandon%2C%20MB.  Dressler adds that if people need help navigating the Paint Nite site they can call Eileen at the Museum (204-727-1722) for assistance.  “Paint Nite tends to sell out quickly, adds Dressler, “so sign up as soon as possible.  It’s a lot of fun and a great way to support your local museum.”


Spectacles Then And Now: A Century of Recreational Activities in Brandon and Western Manitoba

Carousel at Brandon Summer Fair c.1909

Special Canada 150th Exhibit On Now!

October 10, 2017 to February 28, 2018

For many of us, taking a photograph is a fairly common occurrence. In fact, in all likelihood we may snap a photo every day or at least every week. With easy-to-use, accessible technology we have the ability to capture special moments with the gentle touch of a screen. This certainly hasn’t always been the case, however. It almost seems surreal to know that it was just 190 years ago that the first photograph was ever taken. But, it wasn’t until the beginning of the twentieth century when the art of photography evolved because of smaller cameras and film formats.Photographers were able to make images quickly under difficult lighting conditions, but when you compare to photography in today’s world, it definitely wasn’t just a click of a button.

That’s precisely why it’s so fascinating to explore the images currently on display at the Daly House Museum in their latest exhibit – Spectacles Then and Now: A Century of Recreational Activities in Brandon and Western Manitoba.The exhibit consists of a collection images that were believed to have been taken by J.B. Whitehead around 1909 or 1910. Whitehead was the owner and editor of the Brandon Sun from 1903-1937.

“These one of a kind, historic photographs provide a unique opportunity to explore the social lives of our citizens when Brandon was transforming into a modern city,” said Eileen Trott, Daly House Museum Curator. “What makes these images so remarkable is that J.B. Whitehead was just an amateur photographer. To go out and get such clear pictures at that time is pretty unique,” said Eileen.

In addition to the twentieth century prints, the exhibit also features photographs taken by local community members and professional photographer, Rob Lovatt, of the same activities that we’re still doing in 2017. The intent is to allow the viewer to trace the similarities and the changes in the recreational activities that have remained popular over the past 100 years by showcasing the then and now images side-by-side.

This new exhibit, which opens this November and runs until the end of February, was made possible with funding from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, an initiative of the Community Foundations of Canada and the Brandon Area Community Foundation (BACF). Grants totaling $33,000 for community projects in Brandon were allocated through BACF. The exhibit was also made possible by a grant from the Manitoba Heritage Grants Program.

“We still play tennis, we still harvest, and attend community fairs. It’s only our beliefs and values in relation to these activities that has changed and that’s why this was the perfect Canada 150 anniversary project. It shows how our country and community has changed over the last 100 years,” said Eileen.

“We support a variety of projects that help to shape our community today and into the future, but as a Community Foundation it’s also important to look back every now and then to remind ourselves of where we’ve come from,” said Laura Kempthorne, BACF General Manager.

The entire collection consists of over 1200 photographs, but the majority have never been seen before. While the task of narrowing down the images was difficult, only twenty-five black and white, historical photographs were chosen to be part of the exhibit along with the modern images.The images are also distinctive because they are mostly action shots that were taken in a day when most images were staged or posed due to the limitation of the technology.

“This exhibit would not have been possible without the support of the Brandon Area Community Foundation. We wouldn’t have been able to produce high quality images to share with the public.We’re so very grateful to have them (BACF) in our community to help support exhibits and projects like this one” said Eileen.

The exhibit opening event will be held on November 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm. The event is free to the public.

We also like to thank our sponsors: Keywest Photo – Images By Design, BDO Canada LLP, Benny’s Restaurant, Branstone Financial Strategies Inc., Dick Agencies Insurance Brokers, Donald Legal Services, Guild Insurance BrokersM. C. DeLandes Monuments & MemorialsSunrise Credit UnionVenture Accounting Group LtdWinburn Orthodontics, and Zeke’s Quality Jewellers for assisting us in creating this exhibit. For further information about our sponsors and the images on exhibit at their locations please visit https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?hl=en&mid=18oCBK36bThmg-8EwcSpzjPv5FgI&ll=49.84834930000001%2C-99.95024849999993&z=14

If you like the images that are hanging at the sponsor locations and would like to see mare archived images in the collection, please visit the online gallery link below where you can order prints and wall decor for your home or office.


Celebrate Mayor Daly’s 165th Birthday!
























Mayor Thomas Mayne Daly was Brandon’s first mayor, and lived with his family in what is today the Daly House Museum. He started one of the first law firms in Brandon that still exists today!  The law firm of Meighen Haddad, today’s descendants of Thomas Daly’s law firm, are generously sponsoring this event so that citizens of Brandon can enjoy the party at no charge.  Featuring games and musical entertainment, the celebration begins at 7 PM on August 16 (Thomas Daly’s actual birthday) in the garden.  There will also be displays and birthday cake.  It’s an event the entire family can enjoy.

Admission is free, but entrants must have a ticket, obtainable from the museum.  Please hurry to order yours, since attendance is limited.  For more information, or to pick up your tickets, please call the museum at 204-727-1722.

Introducing: Renate Toews, Collections Assistant.

My name is Renate Toews, and I am one of the summer interns at the Daly House Museum for the summer of 2017. I am originally from Brandon, and I am currently finishing my degree as a Religion major and History minor at Brandon University. This is my first year interning at the museum, and as the collections assistant I will be cataloguing data and artifacts throughout the museum to improve the overall experience of the Daly House. As well as updating our database, I will be giving tours throughout the summer of the Daly House!

I am extremely excited to be a part of the Daly House Museum, and I hope to see you all through the museum this summer!

Introducing: Megan Maybroda, Heritage Interpreter.

My name is Megan Maybroda and I am one of the summer interns at the Daly House Museum. I am originally from Brandon, and I am currently studying a history major at the University of Manitoba. This is my first year at the museum, and I will be doing research for an upcoming exhibit for the Daly Birthday Party on August 16th, 2017. The party is celebrating the 165th Birthday of Thomas Daly and Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation. As well as the exhibit, I will be giving tours of the Daly House this summer. I am extremely excited for my summer at the Daly House, as local history fascinates me!

For the exhibit I am working on, I am exploring and researching the history behind Brandon’s very first law firm- started by Thomas M. Daly and George R. Coldwell, which is presently Meighen Haddad LLP. Through the years, the law firm has seen many partners and witnessed Brandon transform into what it is today.

I look forward to seeing you all at the Daly Birthday Party in August and through the museum this summer!

Introducing: Anna Lysack, Research Assistant for Spectacles Then and Now Exhibit

My name is Anna Lysack and I am one of the summer interns at the Daly House Museum. I am from Brandon and I currently study history at Canadian Mennonite University. This is my second year at the museum as last year I was the Collections Assistant. As Research Assistant, I will be spending the next few months organizing the Spectacles Then and Now exhibit which will open October 2017. The exhibit’s themes of sports and recreation have particular interest to me because I have long been involved in activities such as tennis, long distance running, and soccer.

I will be selecting 25 photos from a photographic collection taken by J.B. Whitehead around 1909. Each selected photo and the Whitehead family will be researched to provide background information to the photographic display. In partnership with Keywest Photo, the museum is running a online contest in which members of the public are invited to recreate the historic photographs. The best submissions will be displayed in the exhibit alongside their turn of the century counterparts. More information can be found on the Daly House Museum website and on our Facebook page.

I look forward to exploring the recreational history of Brandon and area, and I hope to see lots of your recreated photos!

This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Brandon Area Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast.

150 Years of Quilting Traditions


Heritage quilts on display at Daly House Museum until September 19, 2017

Daly House Museum New Quilt Exhibit – 150 Years of Quilting Traditions

 BRANDON, MB – Eileen Trott, Curator of the Daly House Museum, announced today that the Museum has launched an exciting new quilt exhibit in their Community Gallery to celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial.  The exhibit is now open and runs until September.

The exhibit is a 150-year retrospective on quilting.  The oldest piece is dated 1850 – a delicate kaleidoscope of muted silk triangles hand stitched together.  The newest piece is dated 2015 – a provincial prize-winning and eye-popping queen size quilt using peacock colours of brilliant turquoise, purple, and royal blue.

Century Barns of Canada Quilt by Verna Sparks

In between the oldest and newest are approximately fifty quilts of various sizes, shapes, textures and patterns.  Some are familiar – remember ‘Sunbonnet Sue’, ‘Wedding Ring’ and ‘Log Cabin’?  Many were done as gifts for family members to commemorate special occasions – graduations, weddings and births.  And some are unique and personal.  For example, ‘Barns’ quilt, designed and constructed by local quilter Verna Sparks, was done to commemorate the centennial of the More Farm near Hartney, Manitoba.  Depicting farm scenes, it was made from 223 different fabrics and 130 yards of silk ribbon.

When people enter the Community Gallery a consistent reaction is, ‘Wow’.   A powerful wall of colour, texture, and pattern hits their eyes.   If you love quilting, you will love this exhibit.  Even if you don’t love quilting, you will appreciate the creativity, work, and love that went into creating these amazing quilts.

This exhibit is supported by Nifty Needlers, a Brandon quilting group, as well as by many enthusiastic members of the community at large.

Daly House Museum, which showcases Victorian era furniture and artifacts on three levels, is located at 122-18th Street and is open from 1 PM to 4 PM, Tuesday to Saturday.  Those hours will be expanded for July and August.  Please check the website for details. The quilting exhibit will run until September 19, 2017.


Spectacles Then and Now: A Century of Recreational Activities in Brandon and Western Manitoba

First Nation Performers at Brandon Summer Fair c.1910

Daly House Museum is excited to announce our upcoming summer project and fall exhibit Spectacles Then and Now: A Century of Recreational Activities in Brandon and Western Manitoba.

The project is a special Canada 150th exhibit that will explore the recreational and community activities of Brandon and Western Manitoba citizens around 1910.  It will compare how those activities and the community has changed over the past one hundred years.



Brandon Turf Club Races c.1910


Daly House Museum holds a significant collection of photographs from c. 1910 depicting Brandon and rural area activities including Dominion Day sporting events, First Nations demonstrations at the Brandon Summer Fair, the Brandon Lawn Tennis Club and trips to the Pelican Lake resort at Ninette, Manitoba.  These historic and one of a kind photographs provide a unique opportunity to develop an exhibit that explores the social lives of Brandon and Western Manitoba citizens during when Brandon and the province was changing into the modern age.  The exhibit is also an opportunity to explore the importance of these activities in today’s society and how social norms related to these activities has changed.

Our goals for this exhibit is to display the historic images with supporting archival documents and artifacts beside modern images, stories and loaned artifacts to create an exhibit that highlights the following themes Sports Events, Country Excursions and Activities, Clubs, and Community Fairs.

As a fun add-on to this exhibit, we are extending a fun contest through social media to the public.  More information can be found on our Facebook page

Pelican Lake Beach c.1910




As a part of our community’s celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, Daly House will hold a special opening for the public when the exhibit opens in October 2017. The exhibit will be displayed from October 10, 2017 to February 3, 2018.

This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Brandon Area Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast.

















Kaleidoscope: Embroidery through the Generations 1867-2017


Timeless Art of Embroidery Featured in Newest Exhibit  

February 28, 2017 to April 15, 2017

Brandon, MB – From now until April 15, Daly House Museum will be featuring the exhibit, “Kaleidoscope: Embroidery Through the Ages” in their special exhibit room in the Museum.  The exhibit, curated by the Brandon Embroiderers, is a tribute to the art of embroidery in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.

In keeping with the theme, the exhibit emphasizes the timeless art of embroidery, while detailing how the art or craft has changed over the last 150 years.  Women of all cultures and times have decorated their homes with embroidered household items, and clothing has been lovingly ornamented.  At one time needlework was taught as much as the three R’s, and a woman was valued if she could master the skill.  In the 1950’s, thread became very affordable and women bought iron-on patterns and kits as projects.  Lately, embroidery has changed, as new threads and materials are available.  What was a decorating practice has become an art on its own.  Embroidery is often personalized and used as mementoes and as gifts.  Sylvia Barr, co-curator of the exhibit proclaims enthusiastically, “when you scan the room from old to new, you can really see how embroidery has changed.  It’s become much freer, more personalized, more artistic.  Much less reliant on rules, kits, and patterns.”

The passion for embroidery is evident when one speaks to Darlene Tufts-Dunlop, current president of the Brandon Embroiderers.  Tufts-Dunlop finds the experience of embroidering “de-stressing” as she often puts on relaxing music as she stitches.  But working in a group situation is also rewarding.  Members meet weekly and have developed strong friendships as they work, socialize, and share techniques.  “Belonging to the club is an opportunity for growth,” says Tufts-Dunlop, who hopes embroidery won’t become a dead art.  She welcomes the opportunity to learn from people with greater expertise.  “Their work is inspiring.”  Members have travelled to conferences to expand their knowledge. Summers generally feature a “stich-in.”  The club always welcomes new members.

The exhibit illustrates the variety of techniques and highlights cultures such as Japanese, Ukrainian, and Chinese.  There is a piece from India which was created by men. Some of the modern wall hangings are more like “media” that one would find in an art gallery.  For example, one group member created a small framed hanging called “Boston Leaves” to commemorate an experience she recently had with her grandchildren collecting leaves in a park.  Another, “Tundra Treasures”, was inspired by a trip to Canada’s far north.

The exhibit runs until April 22 at the Daly house Museum, 128-18th Street.  Regular admission rates apply.  Call the Museum at 204-727-1722 for more information or to book a tour.

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