Gibson House Museum

Events at Gibson House Museum

Gibson House events are themed on the history and forming of North York, the stories of the Gibson family and Scottish traditions that they would have enjoyed.

Gibson House is a welcoming place for the community to find out about the history of the area or to gather and share crafts, traditions and recipes. Contact us at 416-395-7432 or gibsonhouse@toronto.ca. Click here for admission prices and hours of operation.

Mother's Day Tea - May 14

Sunday, May 14, Two sittings: 12 and 2:30 p.m.
Treat Mom to a lovely Victorian-inspired tea at Gibson House Museum this Mother's Day.  Mom will be pampered with delicious teas, sweets, finger sandwiches and fresh-baked scones, in the setting of an elegant 19th century farmhouse. Mother's Day Tea also includes a special gift for Mom to take home. Pre-payment is required and seating is limited, so book your tickets today! Click here to purchase tickets or call 416-395-7432. $25 per person plus tax; not recommended for children under 6 years of age.

Jane's Walk - Willowdale: 15 Decades, 15 Stories - May 6

Saturday, May 6, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Walk starts at the north east corner of Yonge Street and Church Avenue and ends at Gibson House Museum
Join Gibson House Museum staff on this FREE walking tour and celebrate Canada 150+ as we explore over 150 years of people and events that have contributed to the community and history. Guided tours through the historic house are available with paid admission.

Doors Open Toronto - May 27 & 28

Saturday, May 27 & Sunday, May 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Gibson House Museum participates in this city-wide celebration of Toronto’s architectural heritage with self-guided tours through the historic house, some behind-the-scenes access to artifact storage areas and an opportunity to learn how the museum documents, conserves and manages its collection of artifacts. Admission is FREE. 

Children's Tea - June 10

Saturday, June 10, Two sittings: 1 and 3 p.m.
A chance for your little ones to wear their party dress or bow tie and enjoy a tea party in Mrs. Gibson's parlour. Costumed interpreters serve tea, sandwiches & sweets in the setting of our elegant mid-19th century home. Enjoy outdoor games and Victorian toys before or after your tea. Pre-payment is required, $10 per person plus tax, children must be accompanied by an adult. Ticket link coming soon.

Ongoing Programming and Recurring Events

Community Quilt Group Get-togethers
Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m.
Relax and meet new friends while you improve your sewing skills. We invite members of all ages from North York's diverse communities to join us for informal evenings of learning and sharing. You'll explore both historic and contemporary quilting techniques in a comfortable, social setting. Work on a group project or pay a small fee for materials and make your own piece. Even if you have never picked up a needle and thread before you are welcome to join in. It is FREE to participate, however, donations are welcome.

Pay-What-You-Wish Thursday Night Socials & Board Games Night
Thursdays, 5 to 8 p.m.
Visit the museum on Thursday nights and take a self-guided tour through the historic house.  Relax in the historic kitchen with a cup of tea and learn about the Gibson family and history of North York. All ages welcome (children must be accompanied by an adult). Admission is pay what you wish.

Board Games Night - Last Thursday of the Month, 6 to 8 p.m.
As part of our Pay-What-You-Wish Socials, the last Thursday of each month is Board Games Night at Gibson House Museum. The Gibson family didn't have cable, a phone or wi-fi, so what did they do when the chores were done? They played games! Finished your work and chores for the day? Then come to the museum to challenge us to a game.  Check /GibsonHouse for our featured games of the month. All ages welcome (children must be accompanied by an adult). Admission is pay what you wish.

Tea and Tour Sundays
1 to 4:30 p.m.
There's a seat for you at the harvest table in the historic kitchen on Sunday afternoons throughout the year. Relax and have a chat over tea and homemade cookies. Enjoy a tour of the lovely, 1850s farmhouse. Included with regular admission.

TO Canada with Love Events

ExpandGibson House: A Centennial Legacy - Feb. 22 to May 28

Until May 28
This exhibit will explore how the Centennial celebrations of 1967 contributed to the creation of Gibson House and other local initiatives in North York. This exhibit is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

Expand1867: Rebellion and Confederation - Opens June 3

June 3 to August 27
Included with regular admission

Gibson House Museum will host the Canadian Museum of History's travelling exhibit: 1867 – Rebellion and Confederation. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the 3 decades leading up to Canada's Confederation. Through graphic panels and images, audio visual and interactive components, visitors can follow the struggles for responsible government and the national discussions that brought Canada into being during a time of social upheaval. Learn about the local Toronto personalities, conditions and events of this era through a parallel exhibit featuring artifacts from the City of Toronto's collection. This exhibit is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

ExpandGibson House Preserves - Community contribution begins June 3

Saturday, June 3 to Thursday, August 31
Included with regular admission

Launching at our anniversary garden party on June 3, Gibson House Museum will provide canning jars, guidelines, and suggestions for North York residents and community organizations to create their own Canada Memory Jar for inclusion in the Museum's fall 2017 exhibit: Gibson House Preserves. Participants are encouraged to assemble items in their jar to depict a favourite memory of being or becoming Canadian. Submitted jars will be displayed in the Discovery Gallery of the Gibson House Museum with all of the Canada's 150th celebration ephemera in juxtaposition with light-hearted panels and related artifacts and props to discuss the different notions of preserving ~ food, memory and family heirlooms ~ in order to explore the idea of individual versus collective memory. This project is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

ExpandAnniversary Garden Party - June 3

Saturday, June 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: FREE, donations gratefully accepted.
Join us at Gibson House Museum as we celebrate the 46th anniversary of the Museum's opening and Canada's Sesquicentennial! Learn about what is being planted in the heritage garden and take in a container garden demonstration. Make ice-cream on the porch and watch heritage demonstrations in the historic house. Visit the Collection and Conservation Unit's Pop Up Museum to see some rarely-seen objects from the City of Toronto's collection. Come play games and try out hands-on activities on the lawn.

Launch of "Gibson House Preserves" project: Residents are invited to participate in a community exhibition celebrating Canada and Canada's 150th by creating their own memory jar (kit to be provided) to be displayed at Gibson House Museum September 23 – December 31, 2017.

ExpandRebel Evenings - July 8, 15 & 22

Saturdays, July 8, 15 and 22, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Journey back to the 1830s. Currents of discontent and rebellion are sweeping through the concession roads, farms and inns of Upper Canada. Join rebel leader David Gibson, recreated by master storyteller Bruce Carmody, as he expounds on the ideas and issues fueling the reformers. Heritage-inspired desserts and refreshments will be served in the atmosphere of the Gibson family's 1851 historic house. Guests may tour the Gibson House at their leisure and explore the Canadian Museum of History's travelling exhibit "1867: Rebellion and Confederation". $25 per person plus tax; not recommended for children under 12 years of age. Pre-payment is required and seating is limited, so book your tickets today! Ticket link coming soon. This event is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday. 

ExpandRebellious Women: Tea & Matinee - August 12, 19 & 26

Saturdays, August 12, 19 and 26, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Discover the aftermath of the Rebellion of Upper Canada through the perspective of three women whose lives were touched by the turbulent events of 1837. Join playwright and actor, Adrianna Prosser as she portrays Mrs. Gibson and her guests Mrs. Cummer and Mrs. Sheppard, gathering for tea in 1851. Includes a Scottish tea in the historic rooms of the Gibson farmhouse.  Guests may tour the Gibson House at their leisure and explore the Canadian Museum of History's travelling exhibit "1867: Rebellion and Confederation". $30 per person plus tax; not recommended for children under 12 years of age. Pre-payment is required and seating is limited, so book your tickets today! Ticket link coming soon. This event is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.