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“Great little time machine to mid-19th century Toronto”
Review of Mackenzie House

Mackenzie House
Ranked #88 of 561 things to do in Toronto
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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 1 December 2017

My brother and I had a great visit yesterday. It's a perfect town house in the heart of downtown Toronto, accurately restored to around 1860. It includes a recreation of Mackenzie's print shop (including some of his own equipment) plus the living quarters of Mackenzie and his family. Our tour guide, Bruce, was clearly totally caught up in the life and rebellious times of Mackenzie, and made it come alive for us. There is particular emphasis on the printing process, and I volunteered to assist in operating the press.

Highly recommended.

**Be sure to check to hours at the Mackenzie House website (which I'm afraid you'll have to search for, because I can't post it here) At the time of writing this review, the hours are incorrect on Trip Advisor.

3  Thank Dalyght
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Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

Toronto which likes to bury its History under cement has a small downtown gem in this authentic historical structure. This is the building where WL Mackenzie lived with his family and died. Applause to the curators and staff that bring not only MacKenzie to life but also the time period. Can one voice in life make a difference in the political landscape. Well vist this site and learn why and how. A first rate site in Toronto...and why did it take 60 years to appreciate it? Worth the visit and excellent tours and demonstrations.

3  Thank travellingsinclairs
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

Learn about William Lyon Mackenzie, a man who shaped Canada's democracy and as a result all other other British Commonwealth countries. Tour his furnished house, learn about life in mid 19th century Toronto from a guide in period clothing. Best part of the tour was the talk in the printshop. A gentleman named Bruce - who is a fantastic story teller - gave us a great recap of Mackenzie's efforts to bring responsible government to what was then Upper Canada.
Reasonably priced admission, (free admission until Nov 30, 2017 as part of Canada 150), washrooms, paid parking on lots and streets nearby, minutes from Dundas subway station.

3  Thank Ivona_Kolo
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Reviewed 27 October 2017

Good talks on the history of the house, Mr Mackenzie and how the press and printers by the 2 guides. He was a fascinating man and had an interesting life. The house has some interesting artefacts, including a demonstration of the gas lighting. Enjoyed learning about the printing press and having a go ourselves.

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Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

I visited Mackenzie House at the end of a recent Haunted Walk of Toronto. I'm very glad that the visit was part of the tour and I appreciated being able to visit the house on a Saturday evening. I'd like to come back for a guided tour but it's a well-done house museum with a good exhibit on WWI. It was an interesting glimpse into Toronto life in the 1800s that I'm glad I got to experience. They have a nice little gift shop and three floors of restored rooms open for viewing. The stairs might be hard for someone with knee issues though.

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