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Gibson House Museum

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Address: 5172 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario M2N 5P6, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 416-395-7432
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Wed 13:00 - 17:00
Thu 13:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Gibson House & Zion Schoolhouse are two of the 10 historic museums...

Gibson House & Zion Schoolhouse are two of the 10 historic museums operated by the City of Toronto. Toronto's Historic Museums engage visitors, inspire passion, challenge ideas and connect the past to the present.

Site Description:

5172 Yonge Street between Sheppard and Finch, north of and accessible from Park Home Avenue, behind the Gibson Square condominiums.

Limited free accessibility parking on site; nearby paid underground and street level parking.

Gibson House Museum is just north of the North York Centre TTC station - walk north on the west side of Yonge St. and then west (or left) along Park Home Avenue to our new entrance, just beside Gibson Park.

Hours of Operation:

Mid-September to June Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

1 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays

March Break Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

1 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays

July and August Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

Closed on holidays, first 2 weeks in January and first 2 weeks in September


Regular admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax) ($6.99; $4.00; $2.99 with tax)

Christmas admission: Adults $7.08, Seniors/Youth $4.42, Children $3.76 (plus tax)

November 18 to December 31, 2015 ($8.00; $4.99; $4.25 with tax)

Gibson House

Built in 1851, Gibson House was the home of Scottish immigrant David Gibson and his family. He was a land surveyor who helped map early Toronto. Wanted by the government for participating in the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837, Gibson was forced to flee to the United States where he and his family remained for 11 years. On their return to York County, the Gibsons built this beautiful home and once again became active members of their rural community.

Visitors can step back in time and explore this elegant farmhouse. Its serene Georgian-style exterior belies the dramatic lives of the Gibson family.

Don't just read about Toronto history - taste it, touch it, hear it and explore it.

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Lovely little house

Gibson house is a small house that shows that days living style. There was a guide who guide us throw the house and explain everything for us. The ticket price is about 6$ that... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2016
Ghazal M
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Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Gibson house is a small house that shows that days living style. There was a guide who guide us throw the house and explain everything for us. The ticket price is about 6$ that really worth it.

1 Thank Ghazal M
GibsonHouse, Guest Relations Manager at Gibson House Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the visit Ghazal! And the kind words. We hope to see you again soon, maybe at one of our annual festivals :) More 

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Reviewed 16 March 2016

Great tour of the historic house. Lots of activities to engage kids in learning about history and the Discovery Gallery was a big hit.

1 Thank Amanda H
GibsonHouse, Guest Relations Manager at Gibson House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for making us a part of your March Break! Hope to see you again soon :) More 

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Reviewed 12 July 2015 via mobile

This museum just north of the 401 is an ideal place to spend two hours and do a picnic with the 6 to 10 year old. Nestled in between two 50+storey condos the 18th cemetery home of the first suyveyour of north York ( Toronto ) couple with Boeing of Dempsey house around the corner and a picnic in the... More 

1 Thank Adam W
GibsonHouse, Guest Relations Manager at Gibson House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you Adam for sharing your day with us! We hope to see you again! More 

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Reviewed 10 January 2015

The Gibson House is set back on Yonge Street, in North York, close to the subway station. It is a very interesting museum built in 1851 by David Gibson, a Scottish immigrant, land surveyor, local politician and farmer who took part in the 1837 Rebellion - who was then exiled to the US for 10 years, and came back to... More 

3 Thank Cana1Toronto
GibsonHouse, Community Manager at Gibson House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing your day with us! Sunday Tea and Tours are a great winter activity, but then we are biased as we love sitting next to the hearth fire and filling up on cookies and tea. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 3 July 2013

The Gibson house is a local gem that shares what it was like to live in North York when it was simple a few settlers and farmland. Although now it's a bit difficult to find because it is eclipsed by skyscrapers that adds to the beauty of it. Past and present mix right on historic Yonge Street! There are wonderful... More 

2 Thank Angeline M
Barrie, Canada
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Reviewed 16 December 2012 via mobile

If you're determined to see all of Toronto's historic homes, otherwise I can't really recommend it. The house is pretty small, easily seen in its entirety in about 30 minutes, and the surrounding grounds are pretty scant. I definitely enjoyed visiting places like Spadina House & Colborne Lodge a lot more.

2 Thank Zeusthecockapoo
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 4 August 2012

The Gibson House is a museum dedicated to the man who helped lay out the plans for the city of Toronto. My friend and I took a tour there one day and we thoroughly enjoyed it! The tour guide was so good, informative and interactive, as well as kind and well mannered. The whole group enjoyed her tour so much... More 

5 Thank Aaaa77
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 5 July 2012

A good place to visit with children or out of town guests. It's a small place so nice to combine the visit with another activity.

1 Thank Gingey67
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

The dear old docent welcomed me and my overseas friend, promptly sat us down in the living room a horse-hair couch, and launched into a 15-minute lecture on Mister Gibson and his times. Sadly, she didn't get the hint when my friend's eyes glazed over and his head started nodding erratically. Lovely lecture, though, for someone with a background in... More 

1 Thank bezeq
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Reviewed 13 December 2011

i wasnt impressed and i dont really recommend this place to anyone,,is just an old house with its own story,,they do have some Christmas activities for kids though..like making cookies,,writing a letter to santa n stuff,,so i guess kids will buy it

2 Thank stacey m

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