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McMichael Canadian Art Collection

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Address: 10365 Islington Ave., Kleinburg, Vaughan, Ontario L0J 1C0, Canada
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+1 905-893-1121
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 22:00
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Canadian art and stories - through a distinctly Canadian art experience.The...

Canadian art and stories - through a distinctly Canadian art experience.The McMichael Canadian Art Collection offers its visitors a unique and truly Canadian experience. From the art within the gallery on its walls to the surrounding landscape, the McMichael is the perfect gallery for an introduction to Canada's art, its peoples, their cultures and their history.Renowned for its devotion to collecting only Canadian art, the McMichael permanent collection consists of almost 6,000 artworks by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, their contemporaries, and First Nations, Inuit and other artists who have made a contribution to Canada's artistic heritage.The gallery welcomes on average 100,000 visitors annually.Intriguing. Inviting. Inspiring.The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is a major public art gallery devoted solely to collecting Canadian art. The gallery offers visitors the unique opportunity to enjoy Canadian landscape paintings in the woodland setting that inspired them. Plus the McMichael brings internationally acclaimed touring exhibitions to its audience, providing a broader context for the collection and also reflecting today's audience's higher demand and interest in art. The McMichael's goal is to bring visitors diverse, creative, high-quality, thought-provoking exhibitions, in order to continually keep its audience engaged and interested.Built of fieldstone and hand-hewn logs, the McMichael houses thirteen exhibition galleries and is situated amid 100 acres of serene conservation land. Floor-to-ceiling windows enable visitors to enjoy marvellous views of the densely wooded Humber River Valley.Through a network of outdoor paths and hiking trails, visitors can discover outdoor sculptures and wander the McMichael Cemetery where six Group of Seven members and gallery co-founders Robert and Signe McMichael have been laid to rest.See. Do. Discover.The McMichael displays a wide range of exhibitions each year, and offers a stimulating array of programs and events for people of all ages. They include curators' lectures, tours, music performances, kids' camps, workshops, school programs and hands-on art activities.Experience Canada in a day at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

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The location and set up are beautiful. The exhibits change, unsure how often but there is information online. There are also paths outside which would be beautiful in better... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The location and set up are beautiful. The exhibits change, unsure how often but there is information online. There are also paths outside which would be beautiful in better weather. Wheelchair accessible. I don't suggest for children.. Parking is 7$ on top of entrance fees which is a little steep..

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

McMichael Canadian Art Collection is the biggest collection of the Group of Seven paintings, so anyone interested in their unique painting style and Canadian culture in general should visit. Besides, the building housing the collection sits in the middle of a big beautiful park, so in a nice day you can enjoy the very nature which inspired the Group of... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you wish to see some iconic Canadian artwork - Tom Thompson, Lawren Harris, other Group of Seven, etc. then McMichael is definitely worth a visit. Unfortunately Gallery's 2 and 3 are currently empty, but I understand their Norval Morrosseau's will be back out on display soon. I'm looking forward to going back! The grounds make for a nice outdoors... More 

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Midland, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here. A leisure stroll observing Canadian Artists including the infamous Group of Seven. Take your time and relax !! A great place for headphones with some nice digital music so you can be in your own special place !!!!

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Bolton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the best things about this gallery is its peaceful woodland setting. Strategically placed window settings give one the opportunity to pause, sit down and simply enjoy the scenery. The gallery showcases the magnificent art of the Group and Seven and also works by contemporary artists. The gift shop and the café are both well worth visiting. This place... More 

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Alliston, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

My family loves the Group of Seven. Going to the McMichael Collection is something I always wanted to do, and I was not disappointed. Being able to see some many great Canadian paintings in one location was priceless. I felt like I was walking through a slice of Canadian history.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

We were at the McMichael recently to see the Jack Bush exhbition, and the Tom Thomson and A.Y. Jackson and the Great War exhibition. Both are eminently worth visiting, though the Thomson-Jackson show has a lot more works on display. Mkes ure you arrive in good time if it's Sunday: the gallery closes at 4 pm.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

If you are an art lover, that is a good reason to come, if you also want a good meal, the gallery will not disappoint you.

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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Great outdoors.. interesting art objects.. Beautiful trails.. situated in a quaint little village of kleinburg.. someday I had like to own a property and settle there..

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

The collection focuses mainly on the Group of Seven and there is a fairly large selection of their works. My favourites are the tiny oil paintings they did in the field. There was a room dedicated to the art of Norval Morrisseau which I found particularly engaging. There is a small restaurant which appeared to have excellent food, made on-site.... More 

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