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McMichael Canadian Art Collection

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Address: 10365 Islington Ave., Kleinburg, Vaughan, Ontario L0J 1C0, Canada
Phone Number: +1 905-893-1121
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: Canadian art and stories - through a distinctly Canadian art...
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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Not just a gallery, its a living art space

This place makes me happy! Something for all ages...I have enjoyed all seasons at this gallery. Have the family walk around the space, pack a lunch. We enjoyed a lunch at the café... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
Bradford, Ontario, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I am not from art background and couldn't really understand the meaning behind the sophisticated art works presented at this gallery. So, I feel like it was too expensive and it is relatively far from Toronto. But on the plus the area in which the gallery is located is very nice and you you can just hang out there for... More 

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Bradford, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This place makes me happy! Something for all ages...I have enjoyed all seasons at this gallery. Have the family walk around the space, pack a lunch. We enjoyed a lunch at the café out side, it was great ...like eating in the trees. I have a long history with this gallery. I visited it when I was in grade school,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Great place to come to see the Group of Seven. The Native American display was excellent. We need more exposure for our Native artists. Would have like to have seen more BC artists work. A great place for an enlightening afternoon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Excellent "Group of 7" art collection, very scenic old buildings, very nice forest walking/bike trail down the hill below the museum.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Probably a bit dull for small children but a very nice collection of mainly Group of Seven paintings in a beautiful landscape. I found myself spending as much time looking out the window at the beautiful environment as looking at the paintings. I would recommend a visit.

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Caledon, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

What a lovely gallery, nestled into beautiful grounds. A wonderful and simple display of a variety of Canadian art. Lovely, airy exhibit rooms. Courteous and friendly staff. Even the gift shop was a pleasant experience.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Two friends took us to this excellent museum during our recent visit to Toronto. The setting of the museum was perfect for a summer walk. We enjoyed learning about the Group of Seven. I particularly found interesting knowing about their views of Canada through impressionist eyes that sometimes were truly an abstraction of colors and shapes. The life of Tom... More 

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Schomberg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Om gosh! This gallery is so comforting. You feel so at home. It is not a stuffy, blah building it is very inviting and laid out well. Amazing landscape all around the gallery. When you are done your tour of the gallery you have to go walk the paths. When you are done your walk go back to the gallery... More 

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Caledon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We are Members of the McMichael and even our little grandchildren enjoy it as there is a creativity center for children. Magnificent log buldings, the best of Canadian Art, and a convenient little restaurant. We held our older daughter's wedding at the McMichael in 2000 and the guests enjoyed the setting in the park like surroundings. Visitors to the Greater... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Small collection of paintings. Local Canadian artists. Must be interesting for someone who wants to explore Canadian art. OK for one visit.

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