About Maclaren Art Centre
The award-winning MacLaren Art Centre acts as a regional public art gallery in Barrie, Ontario that combines modern and traditional charm to deliver a fantastic venue for wedding celebrations. The gallery itself contains a permanent collection of 27,408 artworks and also shows world class exhibitions throughout the year. The architectural landmark combines a renovated 1917 Carnegie library with a contemporary addition designed by Siamak Hariri of Hariri Pontarini Architects. Family and friends can revel in the natural light which bounces off the stunning windows and accentuates the high ceilings.
By choosing the MacLaren Art Centre as your venue you directly support the MacLaren’s programming and ensure that the arts in Barrie continue to thrive. Every year, more than 53,000 people participate in MacLaren programmes, including 20,000+ children and youth. In addition to VanGo, which annually gives Simcoe County school children an opportunity to work with practising regional artists, the Gallery offers art classes for all ages, and tours and talks about its world-class exhibitions. It finds innovative ways to engage young people and it gives families a Sunday afternoon destination for participating in fun, collaborative art projects. The MacLaren is a cultural hub for business members, families, artists and community groups, the MacLaren adds a great deal to the quality of life in Barrie.
Winner of 2020 Consumers Choice Award for the best wedding venue in Barrie!
To view our 2021 Wedding Package: https://maclarenart.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/WeddingPackage2020.pdf
Facilities and capacity
For ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers, engagement parties and rehearsal dinners, the remarkable Carnegie room offers a warm and elegant background. In particular, the venue's main floor is ideal for receptions and parties. Additionally, couples can choose to have their ceremony outdoors, framed by the building's beautiful exterior and surrounded by trees.
The MacLaren Art Centre provides bar, set up and clean up of tables and chairs only. The bar can be open, cash or limited and includes house beer, wine or liquor as well as a champagne toast, premium liquor, a signature drink, premium liquor, specialty beer and wine. Provided even items and furniture consists of chairs, tables, a dance floor and barware.
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4 Reviews for Maclaren Art Centre
Liarra · Married on 15/02/2020
Best Decision We Could Have Made
We got married at the MacLaren this February and it was the best decision. The Staff was very organized, responsive to any of our questions, professional and willing to help out with anything we needed. They do limit the list of catering companies you can hire as they do not have a full kitchen. But the list caters to a diverse range of budgets and the MacLaren knows that these vendors know how to work with their venue so there won't be any surprises which is great. It is absolutely stunning inside and you don't need a ton of decorations which is nice! Our guests had nothing but good things to say about the venue. I would 10/10 recommend them to any of my family and friends!Sent on 18/02/2020
Meghan Ash · Married on 17/08/2019
Amazing staff and venue!
We had our wedding here in August. The staff was easy to work with and the venue was beautiful. We couldn't have asked for a better wedding venue!Sent on 24/09/2019
Sarah Latulippe · Married on 26/01/2019
The Perfect Venue!
The MacLaren Art Centre was the absolute best choice for our wedding!! It was so gorgeous from the giant windows, to the gallery walls, to the exposed brick and the hardwood floors. Jess and the team at the MacLaren were so organized and really helped to make our day fantastic. Our guests kept raving about how beautiful and unique our venue was! I would 100% recommend the MacLaren Art Centre to anyone and I hope I get to go back for more weddings! :DSent on 29/01/2019
Jessica Godin · Married on 06/10/2018
Beautiful, unique venue
We booked our wedding with the MacLaren Art Center for Oct 6, 2018. The venue is absolutely beautiful, we received so many compliments on the beautiful and unique location.Sent on 15/11/2018
Over the course of our planning we worked with a few different event coordinators, however all of our information was passed along each time, all of the coordinators were professional, organized and responsive, and were always happy to answer any questions we had.
For the actual wedding we worked with Jess, who helped us out so much with getting the timeline organized and figuring out how to plan the ceremony.
Overall if you are looking for an interesting venue that won't break the bank, the MacLaren was amazing. Just keep in mind when you look at caterers that there is no kitchen!
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