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Mackenzie Printery

The Best Hands-on Museum in Upper Canada

The restored home of rebel publisher William Lyon Mackenzie reveals 500 years of printing technology, amid the authentic ambiance of a period print shop. Rarest in the Mackenzie Printery's collection is the Louis Roy Press, oldest in Canada and one of the few original wooden presses remaining in the world! A hands-on experience is encouraged with a working linotype and eight operating heritage presses.

A joint venture was established in 1990 between The Niagara Parks Commission and a volunteer non-profit Printery Committee concerned with the preservation of printing equipment. To learn more about the Printery and upcoming events, visit Mackenzie Printery.

Admission

Adult (13+ yrs)

$6.25 + tax

Child(6-12 yrs)

$4.05 + tax

Children 5 and under are FREE at all Niagara Parks attractions.

Free parking is available for visitors. For group tours, please contact the group sales department at 1-877-642-7275 ext.2

Facts & Figures

The Mackenzie Printery:

  • is Canada's largest operating printing museum, devoted to displaying historic presses covering more than 500 years of the letterpress printing era;
  • was the former home of "responsible government," where firebrand editor William Lyon Mackenzie began his publishing career with his newspaper, the Colonial Advocate, dedicated to political reform;
  • contains Canada's oldest press circa 1770. The Louis Roy Press was used to print Upper Canada's first newspaper, the Upper Canada Gazette or American Oracle, in 1793 at Newark, Ontario's first capital, now Niagara-on-the-Lake;
  • was reconstructed from ruins by The Niagara Parks Commission, the home of William Lyon Mackenzie was opened in 1938 by Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, Mackenzie's great grandson; and
  • features an informative display on William Lyon Mackenzie's home.

1 Queenston Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, (905) 262-5676

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Upcoming Heritage Events

  • January 22 - December 22
    Featuring award winning classics, charming family favourites and culturally important releases, these films will be shown within NPC’s storied Old Fort Erie visitor centre theatre. The modern theatre has ample seating, surround sound and a large projector screen to showcase many of today’s finest films. Enjoy the historic surroundings while taking in great films throughout 2017, including matinee shows during the March Break. For more information, please call 905-871-0540 or visit http://www.niagaraparks.com/niagara-falls-events/friday-night-flicks.html
  • March 11 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Test your knowledge of general trivia topics from history and geography to famous movies and music. Prizes for the top two teams. Limited snack bar menu during this specially licenced event. Sign up as a team (maximum 8 per team) or individually. Starts at 2 p.m., with doors opening at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. Call 905-871-0540 or email us at oldforterie@niagaraparks.com for more information and to sign up.
  • March 13 - March 17 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM
    Family oriented matinee movies at Old Fort Erie. Entertaining mix of new and old movies. Full listing available on website http://www.niagaraparks.com/niagara-falls-events/friday-night-flicks.html, call (905) 871-0540 or LIKE "Niagara Parks Heritage" Facebook page for more information.