Mackenzie House

Mackenzie House Events

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The Victorian Doctor

Like most Victorian families, the Mackenzie family experienced many medical challenges from childbirth to cholera epidemics to mental health issues. In this edgy, interactive event, participants will explore the medical profession in early Toronto, the understanding of human anatomy and disease, and the medical advice available at the time. This event is part of Toronto History Museums' RAW History Thursdays programming.

          Thursday, September 19, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Victorian Gothic: The Roots of the Macabre

From Dracula and Frankenstein to the fear of being buried alive and the fetish of post mortem photos take this interactive tour that explores the Victorian obsession with death.

          Thursday, August 22, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
          Wednesday, October 2, 7:00 to 9:00 pm $30.00
          Wednesday, October 9, 7:00 to 9:00 pm $30.00
          Wednesday, October 23, 7:00 to 9:00 pm $30.00

Victorian Escape Game: Rebel Rendevous

Explore the museum in a whole new way at this historically inspired spin on the escape game format. Solve the riddles Mackenzie left for the Patriots to discover the secret rendezvous before the Loyalist Militia comes for you!

          Thursday, August 29, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
          Thursday, August 29, 2019, 7:30 p.m. $30.00
          Thursday, August 29, 2019, 8:30 p.m. $30.00

Victorian Secrets: Intimate Instructions for Ladies and Gentlemen

What did Victorians think about masturbation, LGBTQIP2SAA sex, prostitution, and pleasuring versus procreation? Were the Victorians really the uptight prudes that we think they were? How did public censure and governmental legislation control the desires of this era? So many questions! Participants will be encouraged to be curious. Suitable for adults 18 years or older.

           Thursday, September 5, 2019, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Outlander Meets Mackenzie

If you’re a fan of the famed book and TV series, Outlander, there’s no better place to be than Mackenzie House, where an evening will be devoted to exploring how the real-life struggles and triumphs of Scottish rebel William Lyon Mackenzie compare to the romantic world of Jamie and Claire Fraser. Compare the overall romantic story of Mac and Isabel (and his mother and father) with that of the fictional Jamie and Claire. Transcribe a 19th-century Mackenzie document just as Roger and Claire scoured historic documents to find Jamie. Compare Mackenzie's connection with Culloden with Jamie's experience. Explore period fashions of the 18th and 19th century and experiment with herbalism and hygiene. Print a Robbie Burns souvenir on our 1845 press. This event is part of Toronto History Museums' RAW History Thursdays programming.

          Thursday, September 12, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Getting Ready for Winter: Canning and Preserving Workshop

Participate in the start to finish process of canning and preserving a variety of savoury jams and vegetables the Victorian way with the help of our 1860s wood stove. Enjoy delicious samples and take home your finished product. This event is part of Toronto History Museums Fall and Harvest programming.

          Saturday, September 21, 9:30 to 12:30 pm
          Thursday, September 26, 6:30 to 9:30 pm $35.00

Victorian Gothic- True Crime

Fans of Murdoch Mysteries and true crime Victorian-style in Toronto will enjoy this interactive tour. See how newspapers covered 19th-century crime stories, become a detective and solve a Gothic crime scene in Mackenzie House's historic parlour, and immerse yourself in some of the City's most notorious true crime stories. These fascinating experiences will make you look at "Toronto the Good" in a whole new way. This event is part of Toronto History Museums' RAW History Thursdays programming.

          Thursday, October 3, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
          Thursday, October 10, 7:00 to 9:00 pm $30.00
          Thursday, October 17, 7:00 to 9:00 pm $30.00

Victorian Spirits: How to Properly Speak to a Ghost

In 1848, Margaret and Kate Fox claimed that they could speak with the ghost of a man who was murdered in their home. Their story spread like wildfire across North America and soon other "soothsayers" started holding their own séances for a keen and paying public. This program will explore the rise of Spiritualism in the mid-1800s. Participants can take part in a Victorian séance lit by candle and gaslight in the basement of this 1858 Georgian townhouse, reputed to be one of the most haunted houses in Canada. This event is part of Toronto History Museums' Halloween programming.

          Wednesday, October 16, 6:30 pm
          Wednesday, October 16, 8:30 pm $30.00

Spirit Walks

Let your imagination take over as we lead you through downtown alleys and laneways to discover some of Toronto's reputedly haunted buildings. Return to gas-lit Mackenzie House, soothe your goosebumps with mulled cider and biscuits as you hear about the ghost stories associated with the house. Stops include Massy Hall, Old City Hall, Osgoode Hall and a particularly spooky story about an apartment above one of the shops on Queen Street. This event is part of Toronto History Museums' Halloween programming.

          Friday, October 25, 7:00 pm
          Friday, October 25, 7:30 pm $15.00
          Saturday, October 26, 7:00 pm $15.00
          Saturday, October 26, 7:30 pm $15.00

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