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McMichael Canadian Art Collection

10365 Islington Ave, Kleinburg, Vaughan, Ontario L0J 1C0, Canada
+1 905-893-1121
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Worth the drive to Kleinburg

An excellent collection of Tom Thomson originals, and an outstanding temporary exhibit of handmade... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Great Gallery!

Best gallery to see up close huge collection of Canadian Group of Seven! We enjoyed drifting from... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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10365 Islington Ave, Kleinburg, Vaughan, Ontario L0J 1C0, Canada
+1 905-893-1121

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Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent collection of Tom Thomson originals, and an outstanding temporary exhibit of handmade guitars inspired by Group of Seven artists. The other exhibits were less appealing. Good gift shop; but could the Gallery please get the cafe fixed? Narrow, expensive menu....understaffed....the staff couldn't even...More

Thank Mark16
Reviewed 1 week ago

Best gallery to see up close huge collection of Canadian Group of Seven! We enjoyed drifting from gallery to gallery to see their permanent collection of the Group of Seven and their new exhibiton on Tom Thomson and Lauren Harries. I particually loved seeing the...More

Thank msweet8
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was disappointing to see so few large Group of Seven paintings on display. I came here many times in the '80's and '90s and remember seeing so many marvels of Canadian art. Masterpieces by the Group of Seven, Emily Carr and Tom Thomson... were...More

Thank anne L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've been to the McMichael Gallery a few times - the grounds and the hiking trails are beautiful. The works in the galleries are stunning. We specifically went this time to see the Group of Seven Guitar Project - it was terrific! The guitars were...More

Thank Deb4347
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful treasure outside of Toronto. Through the generosity of the McMichael family, all are able to enjoy paintings from the Group of Seven Canadian artists and some of their contemporaries. Art gallery is remarkable but so are the grounds with a picnic area and walking...More

Thank conniepare44
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Disappointing that three galleries were closed. They did lower the admission by $6. We went with a guide through the first three galleries, and that was well worthwhile. Their cafe was in serious need of a leader. Very chaotic, although our server was good. Food...More

Thank Kevan R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Close to Toronto in distance, but unfortunately there's no public transportation that goes there, so in this major way it's tourist-unfriendly. Why not have a small shuttle going up from Steeles and Islington. My only other issue with McMichael is that they sometimes have trendy...More

Thank Alex C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everytime we come, we see something we missed. The latest presentation - Canada150 - is 'Passion Over Reason.' It is thoughtful and enjoyable; the rest are like old Canadian friends.(At some of the '7's' I could almost smell pine and bayberries...on a surreal level of...More

Thank Gourmand2
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

Great grounds and great art gallery. Love the surrounding area and this place is truly very well run.

Thank Sabjit M
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Quite the art gallery. To think it was once a home. The grounds are well worth walking. Situated in the small town of Kleinburg.

Thank ddarrigo
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Sandra L
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Response from BrenDav12345 | Reviewed this property |
I also drove but if you check with a chance company called ShortTrips. You may be able to arrange a day trip with transportation included.
6 November 2015|
Response from MCACgallery | Property representative |
Our winter hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm Closed Mondays We are open on Holiday Mondays, 10 am to 4 pm We are closed on December 25 More information can be found on our website (see link in profile as we are... More