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Hands-on history

There are major constructions going on around the Gibson House Museum which will permanently hide the historic house from Yonge Street and has changed its access. Otherwise, Gibson House reamins Toronto’s historic house with the most hands-on activities. In the minds of young visitors, the museum's great discovery room for children makes the actual visit to the rest of the 1851 house look like a mere bonus. During the Holiday season when we visited, the costumed guide had all the patience in the world for the children's questions. We were allowed to touch a few old-fashioned toys, peek into a few bedrooms and stop at the kitchen for a taste of hot cider and a cookie. Then, we headed towards the modern-looking Discovery Gallery, where the real fun started for kids. Many boxes awaited us. In the "Sheep" box, we found real wool my daughter could glue on a drawing of a sheep and take home. (Note that what the boxes contain varies from one year to the next.) I loved the quilt puzzles with wooden triangles and quilt design to reproduce. Then, there was the weaving box with materials to create your own weaving device from scratch. There was also a costume section including heavy buckets with a yoke.

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