Mackenzie Printery & Newspaper Museum

Mackenzie Printery & Newspaper Museum

Mackenzie Printery & Newspaper Museum
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PhotoDudeIII
Toronto, Canada57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Tucked away in the corner of the village of Queenston is a small but very interesting museum. The purpose of the museum is two-fold: a history of William Lyon Mackenzie, who published his anti-establishment newspaper here for a short time before moving to Toronto (and getting into lots of trouble), and the history of printing press. Both are dealt with well. The history of the printing press, with vintage machines, is demonstrated up to the modern age. The tour guide gives a detailed account of how they worked, and the changes in technology that allowed going from 200 copies to 200,000 copies or more. It gives you an appreciation on how hard it was to produce something we take for granted. If you're into historical museums, this won't disappoint.
Written August 5, 2023
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Sara P
Buffalo NY586 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
My boyfriend and I won a packet of vouchers for activities in the Buffalo and Niagara region a few months ago, and we decided to take the drive up from our home in Buffalo to Niagara on the Lake to take advantage of the vouchers we won from the Niagara Parks.

Our first stop was the MacKenzie Printery. I wasn't expecting much, but it was free, so why not? There was no one else there when we came in, so we had a private tour! I can't remember our tour guides name, but he was a young man with brown hair and he was great, very informative. He started telling us a little bit of history about William Lyon Mackenzie, the reason for the museum, and the past owner of the home. We learned about old fashioned printing and methods used throughout the years, He took us over to a printing press from the 1800's and show us how to use the letters to make our names. He put them into a document they had arranged and we got to "print" our own poster with our names on it.
He then took us to the back room and showed us many different printing presses throughout the years. We got to make a bookmark on one of the working ones.

Overall it was a great tour. It lasted about 45 minutes, and I learned a lot about printing. It really makes you appreciate modern computers and printers! I definitely recommend this if you're in the area.
Written July 13, 2014
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Travellingcanuck2012
Toronto, Canada72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
We were bicycling today and ran out of breath in front of this fantastic place of history! I am so glad we went in.

This was briefly the home of William Lyon Mackenzie who started the first non-government newspaper in Upper Canada. His reporting of government corruption lead to significant changes brought about by the Durham Report. He was also the grandfather of William Lyon Mackenzie King.

The printing presses in this small museum have historical significance. The knowledge shared during our tour was really well presented by out very knowledgeable guide.

Well worth a visit both from a Canadian historical perspective and for learning about how printing was originally done.

An excellent stopping point if you are ascending or descending Queenston Heights!
Written July 29, 2018
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synToronto
Toronto, Canada777 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This museum is small but worth a quick stop to learn about some history and to also try some old printing techniques.
Fee: There is a small fee per person which includes a tour (just one floor) but it is more interesting than walking around yourself.
Staff: Very friendly and knowledgeable. They look like students so I assume they appreciate your visit.
Time: Not a lot of time required because it is a small museum.
Other: They have a one person washroom that guests can use and they have air conditioning.
Overall: We were glad to stop here for a quick break and tour.
Written August 10, 2023
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CrystallAmber
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada109 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
For such a small museum it sure packs a lot of information and hands-on experiences. The staff is very informative goes through with you and one-on-one explains everything you see and how it works.
Written October 9, 2014
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Gla_Rangers
British Columbia, Canada1,247 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
Our guide was Heather and she was excellent. No sooner had we walked in the door and she met us, taking our passes. Then announced she was out tour guide, just for the 2 of us. Her knowledge is excellent and she kept us interested for well over an hour. Would never have thought we would spend almost 2 hours in a print museum.

She walks you through the entire house, explains the history and the function of each piece of equipment. You even get to type-set your name and she prints a sheet.
Written August 26, 2014
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Ray R
Newtown, PA34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
I visited in July 2014 with my rather large family. Never would've found it except that it was part of the Niagara Heritage trail pass.

Unless you're already a seasoned newspaper veteran (we were not), you'll be amazed by just how complicated a printing machine could be quite a long time ago.

The tour is very family-friendly - my four kids all got to make out their name on printing blocks and take back a souvenir print. The guides love questions... even from younger kids.

Don't worry - your children won't be bored getting a little bit of history. Neither will you.
Written August 11, 2014
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Alba B
Annandale, NJ20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
Learn about the "birthplace" of Canadian Independence from Britain, and also the history of printing. This is a great little museum, and should not be passed up, as you will learn a wealth of information from the very knowledgeable staff.
Written October 14, 2013
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Traveller1967Ottawa
Ottawa7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
Visited this museum as we had purchased the Niagara Heritage pass...and felt we really should...but wow, so glad we did. With hands on activities, an incredible personal guided tour by the incredibly knowledgable Kaitlyn, this was a museum not to be missed. The kindness and knowledge of the staff is second to none and the artefacts in the museum are a treat for anyone interested in Canadian history.
Written July 28, 2013
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taknaangii
Nashville, TN22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Family
This was actually my favorite attraction in the Niagara Area (not counting the Falls). I am interested in War of 1812 history so we wandered into this area that had a few sites nearby. The tour that we had was incredible. The guide (Im sorry I dont remember her name) was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. There were fun, hands on activities and my entire family enjoyed it. This was the one place I really wanted to make sure that I commented on because when I was planning for this trip, I hadn't seen it mentioned anywhere. It was only by accident that we stumbled across it. This isn't on the people mover route but it is a short walk from Queenston Heights Park. Totally worth it!
Written November 7, 2012
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