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

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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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is a lovely gallery with the focus of Canadian art. The current exhibit - Haida carver - was extremely well presented. I wish they would put more of their collection of the Group of Seven on display.

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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

There is no other! McMichael is a worthy destination for all Canadians and those visiting out country. Certainly they have Group of Seven paintings and celebration of Tom T. but it is so much more. So much "Eye Candy" that you had better schedule more than a whirlwind tour of contents. I find it such a value to my soul... More

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Hamilton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is located on beautiful grounds. The collection is exceptional and the explanation of each piece was very informative.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I went to this place on school trip and so far in the trip it was very interseting and nice to go to an art gallery I haven't been to an art gallery before but this my first time going to excellent art gallery.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

For a number of years, the McMichael Collection seemed to be mired in the old-fashioned museum stereotype with a dated, seemingly unchanging (though impressive) collection of Group of Seven and related works and what seemed to be not much else. With the move of the Thomson Collection to the Art Gallery of Ontario there was even less reason to go... More

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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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