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McMichael Canadian Art Collection

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Address: 10365 Islington Ave, Kleinburg, Vaughan, Ontario L0J 1C0, Canada
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+1 905-893-1121
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Canadian art and stories - through a distinctly Canadian art experience.The...

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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Walking Through History

My family loves the Group of Seven. Going to the McMichael Collection is something I always wanted to do, and I was not disappointed. Being able to see some many great Canadian... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Alliston, Canada

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Alliston, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My family loves the Group of Seven. Going to the McMichael Collection is something I always wanted to do, and I was not disappointed. Being able to see some many great Canadian paintings in one location was priceless. I felt like I was walking through a slice of Canadian history.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

We were at the McMichael recently to see the Jack Bush exhbition, and the Tom Thomson and A.Y. Jackson and the Great War exhibition. Both are eminently worth visiting, though the Thomson-Jackson show has a lot more works on display. Mkes ure you arrive in good time if it's Sunday: the gallery closes at 4 pm.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

If you are an art lover, that is a good reason to come, if you also want a good meal, the gallery will not disappoint you.

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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016 via mobile

Great outdoors.. interesting art objects.. Beautiful trails.. situated in a quaint little village of kleinburg.. someday I had like to own a property and settle there..

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

The collection focuses mainly on the Group of Seven and there is a fairly large selection of their works. My favourites are the tiny oil paintings they did in the field. There was a room dedicated to the art of Norval Morrisseau which I found particularly engaging. There is a small restaurant which appeared to have excellent food, made on-site.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

A great gallery to visit early morning on a rainy or grey day..............no crowds. Plan on staying for at least 2 or 3 hours if touring by yourself. do not miss the video on Tom Thomson. Right know there is a focus on Tom Thomson and A.Y. Jackson but there are still a large quantity of Lawren Harris, Arthur Lismer,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

With just one cold autumn day in the Toronto region ... where should I go? ... Well, I enjoy Lawren S. Harris' work, so I drove to Kleinburg and spent it at The McMichael. And I am so glad I did!!! The history of this art gallery, and the works displayed, represent a unique perspective in North America. I've never... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

Take a guided tour if you can. The docents are lovely and so knowledgeable, and give little tricks to better appreciate an already stunning collection of Group of Seven and indigenous art. The architecture of the building is also obviously beautiful, but the cherry on top is the trail system around the museum. A perfect day.

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Cayuga, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

My first trip to the McMichael, and it was fabulous. The view from the windows in the gallery only served to highlight the works that the Group of Seven depicted; that of the Canadian landscape. Staring out at the trees and all the fall colours, I felt like I had stepped into one of their paintings.There are a number of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

Always love going to McMichael, the art collection is full of Canadian art and the grounds are incredible. Highly suggest going any time of year and taking a tour to really get a feel for the grounds or taking a class.

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