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“Local gem”

Gibson House Museum
Ranked #217 of 536 things to do in Toronto
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Gibson House & Zion Schoolhouse are two of the 10 historic museums operated by the City of Toronto. Toronto's Historic Museums engage visitors, inspire passion, challenge ideas and connect the past to the present. Site Description: 5172 Yonge Street between Sheppard and Finch, north of and accessible from Park Home Avenue, behind the Gibson Square condominiums. Limited free accessibility parking on site; nearby paid underground and street level parking. Gibson House Museum is just north of the North York Centre TTC station - walk north on the west side of Yonge St. and then west (or left) along Park Home Avenue to our new entrance, just beside Gibson Park. Hours of Operation: Mid-September to June Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. 1 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays March Break Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays July and August Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Closed on holidays, first 2 weeks in January and first 2 weeks in September Admission: Regular admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax) ($6.99; $4.00; $2.99 with tax) Christmas admission: Adults $7.08, Seniors/Youth $4.42, Children $3.76 (plus tax) November 18 to December 31, 2015 ($8.00; $4.99; $4.25 with tax) Gibson House Built in 1851, Gibson House was the home of Scottish immigrant David Gibson and his family. He was a land surveyor who helped map early Toronto. Wanted by the government for participating in the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837, Gibson was forced to flee to the United States where he and his family remained for 11 years. On their return to York County, the Gibsons built this beautiful home and once again became active members of their rural community. Visitors can step back in time and explore this elegant farmhouse. Its serene Georgian-style exterior belies the dramatic lives of the Gibson family. Don't just read about Toronto history - taste it, touch it, hear it and explore it.
Reviewed July 3, 2013

The Gibson house is a local gem that shares what it was like to live in North York when it was simple a few settlers and farmland. Although now it's a bit difficult to find because it is eclipsed by skyscrapers that adds to the beauty of it. Past and present mix right on historic Yonge Street!
There are wonderful programs there as well for families and children. I had my daughter's birthday party at the museum and it was educational, fun and cost effective. The staff stayed in character and we learned what life was life living in the house for children and adults of the time period.

2  Thank Angeline M
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Reviewed December 16, 2012 via mobile

If you're determined to see all of Toronto's historic homes, otherwise I can't really recommend it. The house is pretty small, easily seen in its entirety in about 30 minutes, and the surrounding grounds are pretty scant. I definitely enjoyed visiting places like Spadina House & Colborne Lodge a lot more.

2  Thank Zeusthecockapoo
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

The Gibson House is a museum dedicated to the man who helped lay out the plans for the city of Toronto. My friend and I took a tour there one day and we thoroughly enjoyed it! The tour guide was so good, informative and interactive, as well as kind and well mannered. The whole group enjoyed her tour so much we clapped at the end when it was over! We also got to taste home-made ice cream using a recipe of the times, and it was delicious. The museum is right on the steps of the North York Central subway station, and so it's easily accessible. Recommended!

5  Thank Aaaa77
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

A good place to visit with children or out of town guests. It's a small place so nice to combine the visit with another activity.

1  Thank Gingey67
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Reviewed April 3, 2012

The dear old docent welcomed me and my overseas friend, promptly sat us down in the living room a horse-hair couch, and launched into a 15-minute lecture on Mister Gibson and his times. Sadly, she didn't get the hint when my friend's eyes glazed over and his head started nodding erratically. Lovely lecture, though, for someone with a background in the War of 1812 and Canada's independence.
But why not jump instead in medias res, right in Mister Gibson's office or the servant's quarters? And please, we did say we did rock our heels and say we're headed out to Niagara-on-the-Lake, so let's move along!
But she was a pleasant and helpful guide overall, and the furniture and stuff authentic looking. Just that it would be nice to have had the guided tour tailored for those with a different agenda and background.

1  Thank bezeq
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