Gibson House Museum
Return to a home you never knew you missed with a visit to Gibson House, a 19th-century farmhouse hidden between the high rises of North York. Step across the threshold and back in time to the 1850s kitchen. Feel welcomed by the warm aroma of wood smoke and beeswax.
Explore how David Gibson—Scottish immigrant, land surveyor, farmer, politician and rebel—put his mark on a community, a city and the province.
Gibson House offers visitors an opportunity to taste, smell and touch history in a way that few other museums can. Let your senses come alive in this engaging historical family home.
General admission is free. Some exhibitions and events may carry a separate charge where noted.
Hours of Operation
Wednesday to Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Open on December 24 and 31.
Closed on December 25, 26, 27 and January 1 and 2.
Special Exhibits & Events
Browse the Toronto History Museums Calendar to find special exhibits and events happening at this and other museum sites.
COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures
As of March 21, 2022, Ontario has lifted provincial masking provisions for Museums and Heritage Services with the City of Toronto. In addition, the City’s mandatory mask by-law is no longer in effect. The general public is not required to wear a mask but may choose to wear a mask in any settings they wish and will be supported in doing so. Museum visitors are treated with respect and understanding, regardless of their decision to wear a mask.
- Limited free parking (accessible via Gibson House Lane, from southbound Yonge Street only)
- Nearby paid parking
- Partial accessibility (second floor in the historic house not accessible; visual guide book provided for tours)
- No food services on site. Fast food and restaurants nearby on Yonge Street
Gibson House Museum is north of the North York Centre subway station. Walk north on the west side of Yonge St. along Park Home Avenue to our new entrance, just west of the new Menkes condominium. For specific TTC route and schedule information call 416-393-4636 (INFO) or visit the TTC website.
Gibson House Museum is a red brick Georgian Revival farmhouse on land acquired and lived on by the Gibson family beginning in 1829. David Gibson and his sons surveyed (measured and mapped) land for settlement as a part of a 19th-Century settler colonial agenda. After the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837 David was wanted by the government for his participation and the original farmhouse was burned down in retaliation, forcing the Gibsons to flee to the United States. On their return to York County, the Gibsons built this beautiful home and once again became active members of their rural community.