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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 - 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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Our guide was very knowledgeable, very informative and educational. I recommend a Tour if you are not an art expert as the gallery is beautiful and I learnt so much about the... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Our guide was very knowledgeable, very informative and educational. I recommend a Tour if you are not an art expert as the gallery is beautiful and I learnt so much about the history of the gallery and art work. Grounds are lovely.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

You could spend hours wandering through this estate or the displays. The tours are a bit fast for us 'placard readers' but give a wonderful historical perspective. Once you are on the grounds, you would never know how close the concrete jungle is to you. What a gem of Canadiana!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Group of Seven, was a group of Canadian landscape painters from 1920 to 1933, Believing that a distinct Canadian art could be developed through direct contact with nature, the Group of Seven is best known for its paintings inspired by the Canadian landscape. The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an art gallery in 10365 Islington Avenue Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada,(... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took visitors from the U. S. to both the AGO and the McMichael. They much preferred the McMichael. A splendid Jack Bush show was on and there was an excellent mix of Group of Seven (some very interestingly put in the context of World War I), native Indian art and Inuit art. The galleries are much more comfortable than... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited this with my fiancee who loves the "Group of Seven"'s artwork. Big building with plenty of parking. Lots of rooms with both pictures from the GO7 and also modern artists. You can also walk around the grounds to see where some of them are buried as well as see sculptures.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So I haven't actually been inside the Art Gallery, however I constantly hike the trails behind and around the Art Gallery. They are well maintained and beautiful. I find it very calming and peaceful which is why I continually return. I'm sure the Art inside is spectacular.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Visited here twice in a fortnight, by car with a friend, from Mississauga, straightforward to find in the village with a nice drive from the main road, parking was $5. (signage reminds you this goes towards the upkeep of the lovely walks in the grounds). The gallery was very accessible (with a disabled friend I tend to notice these things)... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

I went for the Mary Pratt exhibit a few years ago. It was very well presented. Mary Pratt is a Canadian artist who deserves way more exposure, so kudos for doing this. In addition, the gallery has a number of lovely works by a variety of artists. The grounds are lovely, nestled among tall trees. It makes a nice break... More 

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MCACgallery, Public Relations Manager at McMichael Canadian Art Collection, responded to this review

Thank you for your note, and we’re glad to hear you enjoyed our Mary Pratt show along with the rest of the McMichael’s gallery and grounds. We appreciate your feedback and would like to take this moment to address your concerns. Thank you for bringing up the issue of accessibility. Our recent efforts to make it easier for art enthusiasts... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

This museum is interesting because it is the private collection and vision of the McMichael family. It is set in an expanded version of their log house which still sits in a large wooded area in Kleinberg just outside Toronto. The original collection which focuses on the Group of Seven is really first rate and beautifully presented. Some galleries in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

This is one of those magical places One item off my wonderful mother in laws bucket list The Dosas at museum a friend! The restaurant very special Great Bathrooms with walker access and wheelchair available!

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