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Arts and culture enthusiasts can experience a variety of festivals, live theatre, art exhibits, museums and musical performances in Barrie & Area. Barrie's arts community is dynamic and vibrant, offering a variety of experiences, from the 27,408 works of art at the MacLaren Art Centre, to our many local galleries and framing stores.

37 Mulcaster St.
Barrie, Ontario L4M 3M2
www.maclarenart.com
Tel: (705) 721-9696

MacLaren Art Centre

The MacLaren Art Centre is Simcoe County’s regional public art gallery
The MacLaren Art Centre is the regional public art gallery serving the residents of Barrie, the County of Simcoe and the surrounding area. The Gallery has a permanent collection of 27,408 works of art and presents a year-round programme of contemporary art exhibitions, education activities and special events. Features like free self-guided activities for families, free exhibition tours, gallery guides for adults and children in French and English, and interactive iPads in the galleries are just a handful of reasons the MacLaren is an ideal tourist destination for all seasons. The MacLaren is housed in an award-winning building in downtown Barrie. This architectural landmark combines a renovated Carnegie library with a contemporary addition designed by Siamak Hariri of Hariri Pontarini Architects. The complex includes multiple galleries, an education centre, a sculpture courtyard, Gallery Café and Gallery Shop. The MacLaren is a visual arts centre that adds to the social, creative and economic fabric of this community; it is a central meeting place, a destination for visitors from across the province, and a catalyst for downtown revitalization, contributing to the success and vitality of Barrie.

The Gallery Café at the MacLaren
The Gallery Café offers an appealing menu of wraps, paninis, salads, soups, quiches and more, made fresh daily with seasonal ingredients. Ask us about customizing your meal with substitutions or vegetarian options. Pair your selection with one of our certified fair trade and organic coffees, espressos or teas, or select from a variety of other specialty drinks. The Gallery Café is fully licensed and carries a selection of wine and premium and domestic beer. Ask us about our coffee loyalty card – buy 6 coffees and the 7th is on us!

The Gallery Shop
The Gallery Shop is proud to feature a stellar selection of handmade jewellery, fashion accessories, housewares, cards and more. With a roster of over 100 local and Canadian artisans, offering unique styles and price points, you’re sure to find the perfect match for the loved ones in your life. Friends of the MacLaren can enjoy 10% off their Gallery Shop purchases! Ask us about our gift registry and personal shopping opportunities.


Hours:

The Gallery and the Gallery Shop are open Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Gallery Caféis open Monday to Friday 7:00 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Gallery, Gallery Shop and Gallery Café are open Wednesdays to 7:00 pm. Closed Statutory Holidays.

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