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Mackenzie House

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Address: 82 Bond St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1X2, Canada
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+1 416-392-6915
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Sat - Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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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Part of a wonderful group of smaller historic properties throughout Toronto. It was a hugely enjoyable visit with a very informative guide. We would just ask that perhaps better... read more

Reviewed 1 November 2016
Heathfield, United Kingdom
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Seems the info on Google isn't quite up to date. Got there and it's closed in weekdays. They will be fully operational in spring onwards. Sigh.... but it's a nice neighborhood. A cathedral and church along the same street. Walking distant to The Distillery District 1.2km (30mins stroll)... on the way, I stopped at Mystic Muffin which has the best... More 

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Heathfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

Part of a wonderful group of smaller historic properties throughout Toronto. It was a hugely enjoyable visit with a very informative guide. We would just ask that perhaps better 'household management' was implemented, because the place looked as if a 'spring clean' would not go amiss.

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Clearwater, Florida
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Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We went here last week and had a great private tour. There didn't seem to be set tour times and they just took around we walked in. Not being from Canada I did not know who Mackenzie was that was the first occupant of the house. They also had a recreation of his print shop in the back where you... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed 10 September 2016

A small/quaint museum with great, enthusiastic staff. Something very different when visiting a big city, but a slow hour tour through history connected with Canada's freedom was a nice change of pace. Plus you get a souvenier!

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Kitchener, Canada
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Reviewed 1 September 2016

The price is right, and the tour is not long. However, it is extremely informative about William MacKenzie, his home, his history, and the history of Toronto. Without going into much detail, you will learn of his newspapers, his one year as Mayor of Toronto, and his rebellious acts to reform the Government of that time. The house itself will... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

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 

Thank theGreatHall
Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 17 August 2016

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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Reviewed 5 August 2016

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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Reviewed 23 July 2016

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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Reviewed 15 July 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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