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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I've visited a lot of art exhibits over the years and seem to prefer local art fairs which showcase up and coming artisans. The McMichael Gallery is a large collection of exclusively Canadian art originals, displayed in fourteen galleries on two floors. Printed information is available at the admission counter about the history of Canadian art and how the gallery... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The McMichael is a must stop gallery for anyone with an interest in Canada and Canadian art. The gallery is set on beautiful grounds, and the building is an architectural marvel that takes full advantage of its setting. There is no better place to experience Canadian art, if you define Canadian art as art that defines the Canadian landscape. There... More

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Oshawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The McMichael houses a priceless collection of Tom Thomson and Group of Seven paintings, but also a fascinating selection of Emily Carr, Alex Colville and Jack Bush.

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Fleet, Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The McMichael is set in extensive well-presented grounds north of Toronto. It focuses on art from the 'Group of 7' although personally I found the first nation art and sculpture more interesting. Although some of the gallery is closed at present (re-opening soon) there is still lots to see, and it would be possible to spend a good few hours... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Part of the collection was closed off but we were offered a discount on the admission, and enjoyed the wonderful part of the collection which was open. Many large scale paintings, however, seem to be lent for exhibits and not on display. The interesting videos shown in the film theatre made up for it and added to the enjoyment and... More

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cherry hill, nj
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The art at the McMichael is stunning and the museum informative with good videos and excellent written descriptions. I asked a question of a "guard" and she spent at least 20 minutes telling us about the art and artists. She was knowledgeable, generous, and enthusiastic. The building (a log cabin) and setting add to the experience. Take the time to... More

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Medford, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is one of the most interesting and enjoyable art galleries that I have ever visited, and I have visited many. It features a large collection of paintings by Tom Thomson and "the Group of Seven" (who were inspired by him) as well as other Canadian artists - even Inuits. Both my wife and I found some of the paintings... More

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Haifa, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

I visited McMichael Gallery with my grown daughter and we both enjoyed it very much. We were lucky enough to get there as a new tour was forming and we went around the gallery with a guide, who provided us with some stories and information. However, she was not as knowledgeable as I would have expected and I felt the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

This is an exquisite gallery, well laid out with good space. It features only Canadian artists. It is a bit out of Toronto, but it Is a somewhat casual drive and definitely worth it.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014 via mobile

If you want to truly understand Canada this museum and art gallery is a must on your trip. The Canadian Group of Seven artists reveal the wonders of Ontario and it's north. The is a considerable Native Indian and Inuit collection. If you are lucky to be there at Christmas they display the Gagnon collection a unique collection of. Equatorial... More

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