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Mackenzie House
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed December 13, 2011

mackenzie house is one of i believe 5 museums in the city like colborne lodge.todmodern mills etc that doesnt really impress u,.. its okay! a historic site with its own story located not far from eaton centre! old building with our first mayor belongings like furniture n stuff,.smells like all old buildings!

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Reviewed December 5, 2011

The tour is divided into two sections. One of the house itself and second being the printing press business. All the guides are in period costume and are very knowledgeable. The house is done in the period and even includes gas lighting. The printing press business presentation was fascinating. Learned an amazing number of facts about the period and printing.

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Reviewed November 2, 2011

The Mackenzie House is just a short walk east of Toronto's Dundas Square. I would check on hours before you go, as they do vary. But I can't think of many other locations in my favorite city where so much history is housed in one single abode! William Lyon Mackenzie and his family (their influence continued far beyond his death) live on in this house through the efforts of a very professional and well-educated staff! They are happy to answer questions and explain in detail both family history and the items on display. Downstairs you see the public rooms, and Mackenzie's print shop. Details of setting type and demonstrations of how the press worked are a fascinating part of the tour.

Upstairs are the family bedrooms - including the room where Mackenzie spent his final days. Is Mackenzie House haunted? The staff doesn't push this agenda, but is happy to relate stories they have been told. In the lower level of the house a gas lamp is lit and you get a feel for meals being prepared for the family and guests. It is a great place!

1  Thank AlDawson
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Reviewed September 17, 2011

We went to Mackenzie House last October just before our Halloween party as we heard the rumours of it being haunted. No, it isn't haunted. BUT I still would not want to spend the night there :-) . We had a very good tour guide, very informative and she helped shed a lot of light on the former mayor himself. It's a very cozy little house, the floors creaked and were slightly uneven giving you and "off-balance" eerie feel to the place but it was fun. The third floor was closed off. I believe it was only used for offices. We loved the print shop. We were offered to use the machinery to make our own souvenirs while the staff assisted you with the printer. It's location is downtown right across St. Michael's Choir School for boys. Situated in a nice little neighbourhood. Parking is extra obviously. If you want to spend an hour or so to kill time, go to Mackenzie House and learn a piece of Toronto history.

Thank SassyLass7
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Reviewed September 11, 2011

Mr. Mackenzie is one of the more controversial characters from 19th century Canadian history and this is the house where he lived for many years. He was controversial because he was a politician who advocated a bit of rebellion against British control over Canada. Apparently he thought that Canada ought to break away like the US had done. His profession was being a printer. His attitude wound up causing big trouble for Mackenzie and a few of his followers and he fled to America for several years. However, his ideas were not completely dismissed by all and he later returned to Toronto. His house is open to visitors for a small fee and you get a guide to take you around to show you the interior of a mid 19th century home and answer your questions. But you also get a tour of a 19th century print shop with another guide. The print shop has been added to the house and you enter through a rear entrance to the added on print shop and then you go into the house. All in all it was a very worth while couple of tours plus a bit of insight into a bit of Canadian history and the history of Mackenzie and his family.

Thank unclelouie
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