As part of the City’s COVID-19 response, all City-operated museums are closed until further notice. Select museums are offering exterior tours and CampTO programs. Stay up-to-date on all changes to City services.

Explore Toronto History Museums’ Fine Art and Artifact Collection featuring 150,000 artifacts and 3,000 works of art.

Traitor or Patriot? Visionary or Fool? Friend to Democracy or Enemy of the Crown?

What role did William Lyon Mackenzie play in the history of Toronto? Mackenzie House looks to explore Victorian Toronto and the contrary and controversial man who had such an impact on our city – from journalist to mayor, mayor to exile, exile to politician.

This tiny, historic former row house sits surrounded by skyscrapers in the heart of downtown Toronto, just steps from Canada’s busiest intersection. Inside you’ll discover the Mackenzie story and gain a glimpse into the gritty Victorian era in which he lived: a time of macabre fascination, an era obsessed with crime, secrets, spirits, and death. Learn about the history of the house, the diverse people who made it their home, and the ever-evolving urban neighbourhood that has grown up around it.

Rumoured to have its own resident ghosts, Mackenzie House explores the border between rebellion and respectability, life and death. Are you brave enough to discover all this for yourself?

The interior of Mackenzie House is currently closed to the public. Outdoor walks are available. Please refer to open hours below, or call for information.

Admission

Outdoor HistoricTO walking tours at Mackenzie House are pay-what-you-can, with a suggested donation of $10.

Hours of Operation

Time-ticketed HistoricTO outdoor walking tours are offered Wednesday to Friday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and weekends at 11 a.m., starting September 15.

Book tickets online

HistoricTO interior tours will begin in October.

On-site Services

  • Parking: commercial lots nearby
  • Partial accessibility. Please call 416-392-6915 for specific accessibility questions

By Transit

Take the Yonge/University subway line to Dundas subway station, exit to surface and walk two blocks east to Bond Street. Or, take either the Dundas or Queen streetcar to Bond Street and walk south from Dundas Street East or north from Queen Street East. For specific TTC route and schedule information call 416-393-4636 (INFO) or visit the TTC website.

Location

82 Bond St.

This restored 1858 townhouse was the final home of William Lyon Mackenzie, Toronto’s first mayor and leader of the 1837 Rebellion. The site features furniture from the nineteenth century, an 1845 printing press and artifacts from its former print shop.

In 1936 when William Lyon Mackenzie King, Mackenzie’s grandson, was Prime Minister, the house was saved from demolition when its neighbouring row houses were destroyed.