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McMichael Canadian Art Collection

10365 Islington Ave. | Kleinburg, Vaughan, Ontario L0J 1C0, Canada
905 893 1121
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Vaughan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: Canadian art and stories – through a distinctly Canadian art experience.The McMichael Canadian Art...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Collingwood, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I hadn't been years. I was with my mom and my two children (ages eight and 10). We went to see the special exhibition on Matisse but also enjoyed the Group of Seven collection. The museum may want to consider being more child and youth friendly. There was a good film on Tom Thompson; however, more interactive exhibits would help... More 

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Oksboel, Denmark
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82 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We have visited McMichael in Kleinburg several times. McMichael has a large collection of paintings made of Group of Seven. We love the Group of Seven - paintings. All visits have been a big experience. McMichael is located 30-40 km northwest of Toronto.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Knowledgable guides who are very welcoming. Just don't let your hand or foot stray too close to the paintings or they will turn from nice kitty cats to growling tigers. :-) Wish the weather had been nicer. It would have been a fun afternoon inside and out. The restaurant was very nice, too.

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72 reviews 72 reviews
31 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

It's an excellent visit for the winter to admire the permanent collection of the "Group of Seven" and any other exhibition (I visited the one of Matisse, Morrice and Lyan). To complete your day out, you can have lunch in the restaurant. Nice food and good prices. They have also a tour at 2:00 pm (included in the ticket) where... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

What a wonderful place to visit. Lovely art museum, lovely outdoor strolls. nice mix of Group of Seven (permanent) exhibits and other exhibits. Especially great for a family because of the outdoor space where young kids can burn off some energy. We didn't eat there - went into town for lunch and came back to explore the grounds - but... More 

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Sault Ste Marie Canada
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Nothing I didnt like--beautiful collection I've been twice once with too little time and once in a rainstorm, the grounds look beautiful, very peaceful-the kind of spot ypu can enjoy the art take a breather outside then continue with the art. The collection its self is exceptional the colours are viibrant and so different then what you see in prints,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Interesting and informative museum / gallery where we learned about the work of the Group of Seven and the story and intrigue of Artist Tom Thomson. Lovely exhibits and the centre is set in beautiful grounds... worth a visit.

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Lambton Shores, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a wonderful art gallery portraying many Canadian artists but very especially the portrayal of the Group of Seven works of art is fantastic .The atmosphere and environment of the gallery is truly Canadian .The log structure and the surrounding forest and parkland is so reminiscent of our early Canadian architecture ,landscape and way of life before Canada became... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Fabulous collection of Canadian painters from Group of 7 and Tom Thomson. Native art and other collections in a beautiful setting surrounded by walking trails and woods.

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Toronto, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The perfect place to take out of town visitors as it represents the beauty and history of Canada through it's art and natural setting. I don't think I know a soul who doesn't love the McMichael.

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