Located in Queenston

The Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum is located at 1 Queenston St.,
Queenston, Ontario, Canada in the former home of William Lyon Mackenzie. In 1824 William Lyon Mackenzie started an independent newspaper, The Colonial Advocate in this building. He was known as a political firebrand, hoping to educate citizens and fight what he considered a corrupt political system.

In 1950, the Queenston home became a historic museum site. The property is owned by the Niagara Parks Commission which hires staff to conduct tours in the summer months. In 1990, a joint venture was established with a volunteer, non-profit Printery Committee to ensure the preservation of the printing equipment.


Great news! After a two year hiatus due to Covid 19 restrictions, the Festival will be held in 2022. This Family Friendly Festival will be held on September 3, 4 & 5, 2022.
Labour Day Weekend (Saturday, Sunday & Monday) from 10am-5pm at the Marshville Heritage Village in Wainfleet, ON. next to the arena.

Once again the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum will be active participants at the festival. Our volunteers will be demonstrating vintage printing techniques in the Pioneer Print Shop Building. Come out and watch our large Whitlock newspaper press in action, get your name cast in metal type or purchase some of our surplus metal type or wooden type cases.

Click here to see the festival website:

Open For Visits

Every year, visitors from around the world visit the Mackenzie Printery to discover over 500 years of printing technology.

Usually the Niagara Parks hire summer staff and open the museum to tours and visitors seasonally, from Spring to Fall. Due to staffing shortages the museum is now closed for the remainder of the 2022 season. However, you can take a virtual tour of our museum on our Virtual Tour page.

The Mackenzie Print Group volunteers will continue to meet Saturday mornings at the museum to maintain equipment and develop our teaching spaces.