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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
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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Since it isn't far from my house this is a frequent stop. I always enjoy the artwork exhibits and look forward to a walk around the beautiful grounds. Love the smell of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
Vaughan, Ontario
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Vaughan, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Since it isn't far from my house this is a frequent stop. I always enjoy the artwork exhibits and look forward to a walk around the beautiful grounds. Love the smell of the evergreens! this is a must for all!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Went for the first time as an out-of-town tourist (even though I had lived in Toronto for 20 years). Visually stunning, both inside the gallery and the extensive grounds. I always loved the Group Of Seven works. The paintings truly reflect the region in which I know live (Algonquin Park).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Even though I had lived in Toronto for 20 years, I had never visited. Finally as an out of town tourist I went. A beautiful place. I relished in viewing the paintings of the Algonquin region, which I now live. Price is a bit steep when including parking, but the gallery has a select client base,which is reflected in price... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I had thought this was a collection of Group of Seven art. However, more than half of the gallery space has been given over to generic First Nations art. Where are the famous Group of Seven works of art? The biggest and best are missing in action! Perhaps there is a storage locker somewhere in Algonquin Park holding all the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We went to see the "Vanishing Ice" exhibition, which continues until April 26. Climate-change deniers will hate this one: it offers graphic evidence that global warming is a menacing reality, as glaciers and polar ice are retreating everywhere. Pay a visit if you can.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I used to visit the McMichael frequently many years ago, and I was initially sad to see the permanent galleries were quite different than I remembered. However, it gradually snuck up on my that the collection has basically been modernized; with a wider perspective on Canadian art. The Vanishing Ice (temporary) exhibit was excellent - a very modern and insightful... More 

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We were invited by my cousin to drive to Kleinburg and go and see the McMichael Canadian Art Collection . As soon as we arrived at the location we were extremely impressed by the setting and surroundings of this Gallery . So close to the busy large city of Toronto and a large airport this is a whole different world... More 

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Moline, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

My wife is a huge Group of Seven fan, so we visited the McMichael Art Collection for the second time during a recent Toronto visit and had an incredible experience. We found the Group of Seven art on display to be moving and thought-provoking. This art was complimented by several other exhibits, in the Vanishing Ice exhibit, which was saddening... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Wow. what a special place. After the hustle and bustle of downtown TO and a visit to the AGO, the relaxed and inviting nature of McMichael was unexpected and enjoyable. lots of space to stop and read what you like and observe as much as you want. We were there over March break and even then it was not that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. It's worth getting to the McMichael to see the fabulous work of the Group of Seven. Rent a car if you have to - just go.

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