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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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I have been here from a visit with friends to a school trip as a teacher, this place never ceases to amuse me! I would highly recommend coming here in the fall - it's both my... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been here from a visit with friends to a school trip as a teacher, this place never ceases to amuse me! I would highly recommend coming here in the fall - it's both my favorite season and I enjoy the rich nature that you see all around the gallery. There are lots of large windows all throughout the... More 

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Newmarket, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The McMichael is a beloved national art treasure and a world class art gallery in a gorgeous natural setting. Incredible collection of Group of Seven artworks, indigenous art and wonderful special exhibitions. One of the first art galleries in the world to use LED lighting. For art lovers, not be missed if you want to enjoy great Canadian art in... More 

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Aurora, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An airy art gallery that is known for its Canadian artists (especially the Group of Seven) but also has nice shows of more contemporary artists. As a bonus, the grounds have a network of trails, some of which interconnect with the neighbouring conservation area. A delightful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The location and set up are beautiful. The exhibits change, unsure how often but there is information online. There are also paths outside which would be beautiful in better weather. Wheelchair accessible. I don't suggest for children.. Parking is 7$ on top of entrance fees which is a little steep..

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017

McMichael Canadian Art Collection is the biggest collection of the Group of Seven paintings, so anyone interested in their unique painting style and Canadian culture in general should visit. Besides, the building housing the collection sits in the middle of a big beautiful park, so in a nice day you can enjoy the very nature which inspired the Group of... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017

If you wish to see some iconic Canadian artwork - Tom Thompson, Lawren Harris, other Group of Seven, etc. then McMichael is definitely worth a visit. Unfortunately Gallery's 2 and 3 are currently empty, but I understand their Norval Morrosseau's will be back out on display soon. I'm looking forward to going back! The grounds make for a nice outdoors... More 

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Midland, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here. A leisure stroll observing Canadian Artists including the infamous Group of Seven. Take your time and relax !! A great place for headphones with some nice digital music so you can be in your own special place !!!!

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Bolton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2017

One of the best things about this gallery is its peaceful woodland setting. Strategically placed window settings give one the opportunity to pause, sit down and simply enjoy the scenery. The gallery showcases the magnificent art of the Group and Seven and also works by contemporary artists. The gift shop and the café are both well worth visiting. This place... More 

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Alliston, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

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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