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McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Address: 10365 Islington Ave. | Kleinburg, Vaughan, Ontario L0J 1C0, Canada
Phone Number: 905 893 1121
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Ranked #1 of 9 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

The McMichael Art Gallery was surprisingly an excellent visit for me. There is some very nice art collections on display, a great tour a place to eat and trails on site with great scenery.

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Vaughan, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

McMichael Canadian art collection is something different worth visiting any time of the year.you will never be disappointed and will respect the great work done by different talented artists.

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Mississauga, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The two special exhibitions currently featured were the driving motivation for today’s gallery visit. The Mattise works of art were in our opinion second tier but their use in conjunction with the focus on Morrice and Lyman made the advertising forgivable. We had some frustrations with the audio guide element using our phones and the selected pictures were not numbered... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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283 helpful votes 283 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We went primarily because the special exhibition on Morrice and Lyman in the Company of Matisse will close at the end of next week. Do make an effort to see it. There are several works by Matisse, but the show focuses on two Montreal painters who deserve more attention than they've had, J.W. Morrice and John Lyman. Many of their... More 

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Collingwood, Canada
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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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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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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
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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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