Description (Service) Regional public art gallery serving the residents of Barrie, Simcoe County and the surrounding area 
  • includes multiple exhibition galleries, an education centre, a sculpture courtyard, Gallery Café, Gallery Shop and Framing Services 
  • permanent collection of 27,408 works of art held in trust for the public and presents a year-round programme of world-class exhibitions, education activities and special events
Education programmes include: 
  • artist talks 
  • art classes 
  • school programmes and guided tours 
  • MacLaren's VanGo programme brings artists into classrooms throughout Simcoe County 
  • offers art classes and camps for children, youth and adults 
  • youth programmes include W-Edge, a free Wednesday after school drop-in workshop, and the MacLaren Youth Advisory Council 
    opportunities for co-op placements for local high school students
Meeting and Reception facilities services for wedding receptions and business meetings, catering is available. 
For more information about these services contact 
The Spirit Catcher on the Barrie waterfront has become a symbol for the residents of the city and was the first work in the MacLaren Art Centre's permanent collection 
  • for information about use of the Spirit Catcher visit the website 
  • the Gallery Shop has replicas as well as items featuring the Spirit Catcher
Service Details
Hours COVID-19 Update:
Gallery: Thu-Sun 11 am-4 pm.
Gallery Café Tue-Fri 8 am-12 noon.

Regular Hours
Gallery: Mon-Tue 10 am-5 pm, Wed 10 am-7 pm, Thu-Fri 10 am-5 pm, Sat and Sun 10am-4 pm
Gallery Cafe: Mon-Fri 7 am-4:30 pm, Sat 8 am-4 pm, Sun 10am-4 pm * closed Statutory Holidays
Areas Served Barrie ; Bruce County ; Grey County ; Simcoe County
Eligibility No restrictions
Application Walk-in or call for information
Languages English ; French - Interpretation, Programs
Fees Membership ; Donation - admission by voluntary donation, suggested donation $5
Address and Location
Located In Community Barrie
Address & Map
MacLaren Art Centre
37 Mulcaster St
Barrie, ON L4M 3M2
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Intersection Mulcaster St and Collier St
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Contact Information
Office Phone 705-721-9696
Fax 705-735-6935
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Primary Contact Emily McKibbon, Acting Director; Phone: 705-721-9696 ext 260; Email:

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