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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 17 Attractions in Vaughan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Owner description: Canadian art and stories – through a distinctly Canadian art experience.The McMichael Canadian Art Collection offers its visitors a unique and truly... more » 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. « less
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

If you are a newcomer and you want classically Canadian experiences do this : a) try poutine , (b) say something French off a box of cereal (better yet .. kiss a Quebecois), and (c) visit the McMichael. The First People's and Group of Seven art is a super-concentrated presentation of Canadiana (like Ice-wine); a primer if you will for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Nestled in the forest, the McMichael is a stunning collection of Canadian art, focussing on Tom Thompson and the group of seven. Good free guided tour. Beautiful grounds to wander in, including sculture garden. Well worth the drive from Toronto - especially whe the leaves were changing.

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Set in acres of beautiful woods you come upon the stone and log buildings that encompass the McMichael Museum. Much of the collection and the grounds were donated by Mr. & Mrs. McMichael who knew some of the Group of Seven artists intimately. Along the way more was donated ending up with the fantastic truly Canadian museum you see today.... More

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Canadians owe a debt of gratitude to Signe and Robert McMichael, who began to collect art by Canadian painters in the 1950's, when they built their log home in the countryside of Kleinburg. Their generosity in donating their vast collection of Group of Seven and First Nations masterpieces to the Government of Ontario should never be forgotten. Today, the McMichael... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This is one of my favorite museums in the world, and as an art historian, I have seen quite a few! The setting is as much the museum, as its collection of the Canadian "Group of Seven". Rarely, can one see the subject through a museum's window, at the same time as seeing the artistic representation. The surrounding grounds are... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Features art from "the seven" and First Nation artists. A lovely installation with frequent benches on which to sit and contemplate the art. The gift shop has an abundant selection of unusual gifts for all ages. The prices are amazingly reasonable. Outside the grounds are strollable and picturesque with log structures, flowers and statues. Both inside and out, the location... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This is a huge, beautiful log building set at the edge of a ravine. The art inside is spectacular, especially by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. The grounds are beautiful with sculpture gardens, walking trails, picnic tables and a cemetery where the McMichaels and several of the artists are buried. You could spend a day there.

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Aurora, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

the most brilliant collection of Canadian Art, right in our own backyard; cafeteria great, ramps for wheelchairs, audio tours, guided tours, clean!

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Vevey, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Definitely worth the drive to Kleinburg from anywhere in the area. A beautifully set up art gallery featuring the Group of Seven, as well as fantastic examples of First Nations art. Visited with my son and we both enjoyed the short tour. Lovely grounds and plenty of walking and picnic opportunities.

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Barrie, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Imagine viewing a superb display of Canadian art in a natural environment of forest and beautiful gardens. The group of seven artists are featured along with Inuit and native art displays. This is all within the charm of Kleinberg, one of Ontario's most delightful small towns. Try sitting on a 40 metre bench made from Douglas Fir, shipped in one... More

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