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Mackenzie House

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Address: 82 Bond St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1X2, Canada
Phone Number: +1 416-392-6915
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Mackenzie House is the restored home of William Lyon Mackenzie, Toronto's...

Mackenzie House is the restored home of William Lyon Mackenzie, Toronto's first Mayor, a radical journalist and publisher, and leader of the Rebellion of 1837 in Upper Canada. This house was given to Mackenzie by friends and supporters, when he retired from public life, and in recognition of his many years of serving the community.


Mackenzie House is one of 10 historic museums operated by the City of Toronto. Toronto's Historic Sites engage visitors, inspire passion, challenge ideas and connect the past to the present.

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Just Wonderful!

I was overwhelmed at this museum. The tour guides were absolutely knowledgeable not only about Mackenzie, but the history of Canada and Toronto. The house is small, but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was overwhelmed at this museum. The tour guides were absolutely knowledgeable not only about Mackenzie, but the history of Canada and Toronto. The house is small, but each room is filled with history and wonderful stories. I was allowed to take pictures and there were no problems with that. The last place on the tour is the printing press.... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Never hard of him before we ventured into his abode. Similar to Ben Franklin, MacKenzie was a fervent Canadian who challenged the government, even during his tenure as Toronto's first mayor. A printer--- and guests are allowed to use a 200 year old printing press--- That's cool. The tour guides were very knowledgeable

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a really enjoyable little museum and well worth a visit. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic and even stayed open late to accommodate a late arrival (note: budget an hour and a half for a relaxed visit). There are two parts to the museum : 1) a tour of the house, which gives a really interesting glimpse... More 

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Northborough, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This small house museum was the biggest surprise of the entire weekend. I thought it would be a quick hour tour of another boring house museum, but the costumed staff were very knowledgeable about history, printing, and politics and we stayed until they closed talking about the house and it's place in the history of Canada. They have a working... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

The visit to Mackenzie House was just terrific. The tour of Toronto's 19th Century mayor's middle-class home given by Alex was one of the best I've encountered, and coupled with the presentation and hands-on presentation by Bruce in the printing room, made for a very enriching afternoon. Their insights into both the people and the era were clear and revealing,... More 

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ontario canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

This lovely row house in downtown Toronto was saved from demolition by Mackenzie's grandson, Mackenzie King, a former Prime Minister. How fortunate that we now can see how William Lyon Mackenzie lived in the Victorian era. The history of his house and its famous owner was explained by a very competent young woman dressed in period costume who led us... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

Had a really nice visit on March Break. Surprisingly, not very busy for March Break so we had a semi-private tour. Learned quite a bit about MacKenzie, his family and the time period. Very interesting printing press and it was great that the kids were able to have some "hands-on" experience using the printing press.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016

Our family visited at Christmas time. What a joy. Decorated, they gave us hot cider and cookies. We tried calligraphy too! Puts life into perspective. Its lovely to see a wonderful example of this time in our heritage as well as learning about the Mackenzie Family.

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Mississauga, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Nice museum with numerous artifacts, and guides to tell stories and history of the place. One of the stops on a few of the ghost tours.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Come here any time, or at Christmas time as we did, really fun! It feels like you are visiting ancestors, when you step into the parlour... Go downstairs and see the comfy kitchen, we especially enjoyed the well-windows...This would be a perfect design for basement windows nowadays!:)

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