Mackenzie House

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Museum Tour

What role did William Lyon Mackenzie, Toronto’s first mayor, play in the history of the city? Mackenzie House explores Victorian Toronto and the stories of a contrary and controversial man who had an extraordinary impact on our city -- from journalist to mayor, mayor to exile, exile to politician. Given to Mackenzie by the people of Toronto, both the house and its owner were controversial. Explore the story of Mackenzie and other of mid-19th-century Toronto rebels and learn how their stories fit into the fabric of a growing city, such as publisher Mary Ann Shadd Cary, who challenged the attempts to silence her voice on abolition and other issues. Visitors are invited to take home a copy of Mary Ann Shadd Cary's newspaper, "The Provincial Freeman", printed on the 1845 printing press!

Accessibility Note:
Mackenzie House's printshop is wheelchair accessible (25% of tour). The historic house is not wheelchair accessible and includes three sets of stairs (75% of tour).

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