Maclaren Art Centre

37 Mulcaster Street L4M 3M2 Barrie (Ontario) Map
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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.

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.

Services offered

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.

Lots of Summer and Fall 2020 dates still available!

  • Number of guests From 1 to 150
  • Maximum Capacity 200 (Cocktail Style)
  • Type Museum
  • Style City, classic, modern, rustic
  • Event Services Catering / bar, set up
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More information about Maclaren Art Centre

  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
    1
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    3
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Uncovered outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal shower
    Engagement party
    Rehearsal dinner
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Bartender(s)
    Cash bar
    Champagne toast
    House beer
    House wine
    House liquor
    Limited bar
    Liquor license
    Open bar
    Premium liquor
    Signature drink
    Specialty beer
    Specialty wine
  • What event items are available?
    Dance floor
    Chairs
    Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Wheelchair access
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Set up
    Chairs
    Tables

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3 Reviews for Maclaren Art Centre


4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 4.7
  • Value 5.0
  • Response time 5.0
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  • Meghan

    Meghan Ash · Married on 17 of August of 2019

    5.0
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    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

    Sarah Latulippe · Married on 26 of January of 2019

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    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! :D

    Sent on 29/01/2019
  • Jessica

    Jessica Godin · Married on 06 of October of 2018

    4.8
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      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      4.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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.

    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!

    Sent on 15/11/2018

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