What you need to know before your visit
The Art of Ideas Gallery and Historical House is open for guided tours on Saturdays and Sundays. Generally we have two tours per day, one at 10:30am and the other at 2:30pm. Between October - April that might vary so please do check the calendar at the bottom of the page.
We are also able to accommodate tours on week days so please use our Contact form if you are interested in a private tour (minimum four people or equivalent) and we will be happy to help find a day and time that will work at your end.
It is important visitors stay with the tour guide at all times. The visit takes about 75 minutes and includes a guided tour of the house, as well as a chance for visitors to meet the artist and hear a presentation from him. Once the interior tour is done visitors are welcome to take a stroll through the garden.
Admission is $20 and includes all taxes and charges. Tickets must be purchased in advance using Eventbrite. No drop-ins or tickets at the door. See BOOKING CALENDAR below. Space is limited to 10 visitors.
Art can be appreciated at any age but please note the presentations during the tour are not easily accessible to a young audience, therefore we suggest at least 14 years old and up (please do connect with us if you have questions).
We would appreciate arrival 5 -10 minutes before your scheduled tour for check-in. We are unable to accommodate late arrivals.
Tickets are non-refundable and non transferable.
Please travel light while visiting - no food, water, large bags, strollers, and other non-essential items.
This is a private home with no architectural changes since the 1870s when it was built. It still has the original hardwood floors as well as unique Persian carpets and rugs throughout so to protect it all we kindly ask guests to remove their shoes, if possible. The house is not wheelchair accessible and there are no public washrooms.
Photography and video are not permitted inside the house. You are however welcome to capture the stunning exterior.
Touching the artwork or objects on display is not permitted. The space is a smoke free building.
If you have any other questions prior to your visit, please let us know by filling in our Contact form or call 1 437 774 3631.
NOTE: You can also pay and book your tickets by making an e-transfer. If that is preferred please connect with us first to ensure there are spaces available for the day and time you want.
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While Art of Ideas might be your first stop in beautiful St. Marys, Ontario, our town offers a wealth of cultural and heritage experiences. Check it all here together with information on where to stay, shop and dine.