Bask in the landscapes painted by some of Canada’s great artists housed at McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Initially a labor of love for Signe and Robert McMichael, the institution opened in 1965 built upon the couple’s passion for Canadian art, specifically the captivating work of “The Group of Seven.” The collection has grown considerably to include First Nations, Inuit, and contemporary art. Make your way around the gallery’s four floors, stopping for a rest and bite at the site’s cafe and then heading out to explore some of the 40 hectares (100 acres) of flourishing conservation land that includes the collection’s sculpture park. On-site parking is available for a fee. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Vaughan trip simple and quick.
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McMichael Canadian Art Collection Reviews
This had to be the worst lunch I have ever had ! We were on a bus trip and they seated us in the basement, I was hoping to sit in the resturant. I think the person who does the write ups for the art d... more »
Enjoyed the Tom Thompson works and the "Seven Guitars" exhibit. Loved walking through the gallery - many of the windows act as frames for the beautiful nature vistas outside. Hoped to see more of the ... more »
Museum's park-like location is gorgeous but a bit off the beaten track (15 miles or so north of Toronto's main airport). We've visited three times (twice in 2017) and have enjoyed all visits. Exhibits... more »
Hardly worth the trip poorly curated. It strayed away from group of seven theme , first time going there was hoping see mass collection group of seven, oddly they showcased large rooms to guitars claiming it was related to tom thomson and some unknown acrylic artist. There where allot of bare walls and I was hoping be more interesting art and allot of group of seven paintings as they claim to have the largest Canadian collection. Rude staff who wouldn't allow you to take pictures of the paintings and kept following me around,also claiming it would steal natives souls and didn't want you take any pictures of what they had/claim where group of seven and or questioned mark oddly. painted opinion which raised suspicion . Hardly worth entry fee $15 dollars, I suggest to anyone going for group of seven to visit the AGO Museum as you will have greater time and see more art work and more selective. artist. The only thing that was worth this trip was going outside for a nature walk.
An art collection like no other, in a truly beautiful physical setting. This is an iconic place for the Group of Seven, and a touchstone for Canada' artistic identity. It's a place where you can learn profound things about what it is to be Canadian, in ways that go far beyond words.
Aside from the breathtaking exhibitions, the building and grounds are beautiful and an oasis that must be experienced. One can't help but decompress here. The food in the restaurant is always fresh and inventive and the gift shop offers a wonderful array of jewelery and Canadian crafts. This gallery is a Canadian treasure.
Excellent staff and gallery set up. A great day to spend indoors or outdoors! A great variety of genres for all art lovers.
The McMichael Gallery is a real jewel. They always have interesting exhibitions. The latest, featuring Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris was fantastic. Considering his famous landscape paintings were just at the AGO I think it was a bold step to show his abstracts in the same year. I have to say that I loved both shows, but felt more engaged with the McMichael show. His pieces in this style really speak to me. I'll be back.
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