Gibson House was built in 1851 and became a heritage museum in 1971, interpreting 19th-century domestic arts and rural life skills that include culinary and textile arts, gardening and farming.This elegant farmhouse reveals the evolution of North York through the experience of David Gibson – Scottish immigrant, land surveyor, farmer, politician and rebel – and his family. Gibson Park features an apple orchard, gardens, a public art installation and a large granite wall etched with photos of Gibson descendants.
The museum is situated between treed parkland and pathways connecting the adjacent high-rise residential buildings to the north and Gibson Park to the south. The Gibson House Museum includes the historic Gibson family home with a modern addition.
The museum offers ongoing events and exhibits, kids programs and school trips. Visitors can enjoy the heritage garden, board game nights, community quilt groups, or Scottish tea in one of its historic rooms.
Hours of Operation
January to April 30: Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.
May 1 to December 31: Tuesday to Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.
Closed: September 3 to 13 for Annual Preventative Conservation, Mondays, Thanksgiving, Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
- Limited free parking (accessible via Gibson House Lane, from southbound Yonge Street only)
- Nearby paid parking
- Public washrooms
- Special needs: Partial accessibility (second floor in the historic house not accessible; visual guide book provided for tours)
- No food services on site. Fast food and restaurants nearby on Yonge Street
- Gift shop