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“At or near the top of the Canadiana art list”

McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Kleinburg
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This gallery grew out of a private collection and is now absolutely iconic in terms of the Group of Seven & Thom Thompson and other Canadian artists.

Both floors are fully accessible, and the building is a fittingly beautiful place for the art. While there is an admission price for the gallery (and another for parking) it is reasonable. There is also an outdoor walk with bronze sculptures at no cost to the visitor.

The setting is gloriously beautiful and there are always other activities going on on the site.

Worth taking a stroll in the nearby downtown as well.

One really very minor criticism: There is a lot of signage talking about the efforts of the CCI. It took me three rooms before I found one that identified the Canadian Conservatory Institute. Initials shoud always be explained at the top of each sign to keep lesser mortals such as myself informed.

Thank W W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We like to go here for a break from the city when we visit Toronto. Nice lunch. Pleasant walk around the grounds. Always nice to revisit favourite paintings.

Thank Wolf R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well off the beaten path, there is a beautiful museum with a sculpture garden. The McMichael has all Canadian art gracing it's walls. Walking the grounds surrounding the museum is it's own art work too. Not only is there a sculpture garden, butt here are plenty of places to sit to enjoy taking in the views and peacefulness of it all. I would highly recommend.

Thank lesliehein
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my first visit since I was very young and I wasn’t disappointed! The various exhibits were wonderfully displayed with a diverse group of artists. The sculpture garden was lovely. It’s such a pleasant place to walk through and enjoy nature. I will definitely go again!

Thank Patricia D
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Reviewed 9 June 2018

From the moment you pull up to the front door and as you continue inside, you get the rustic feel of Canada. A large collection of Native art as well as classic paintings and contemporary exhibits. They had a hip hop exhibit when we were there and it was great!
Go see it!!

Thank kimstadlin
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