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McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg

(4.3/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web)
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. Put McMichael Canadian Art Collection at the forefront of your travel plans using our Vaughan tourist route planner.
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  • 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 locati...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • If you are an art lover, that is a good reason to come, if you also want a good meal, the gallery will not disappoint you. 
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  • A very nice collection of classic and iconic Canadian Art. The building itself is very nice and offers many nice vantage points overlooking the surrounding forrest for quiet contemplation. General Admission is $18/person but is worth it if you'd like to spend a few hours. Be sure to make use of their grounds as they have some walking trails and outdoor installations. Staff were friendly and helpful. A great way to escape the city.
  • It was disappointing to see how far the gallery has strayed from its original focus of showcasing the art of The Group of Seven, Tom Thom son, Inuit and First Nations. It was originally a unique collection in a beautiful setting. The beauty of the natural surroundings is undiminished but the gallery itself has lost much of its charm. The entrance hall is a messy shambles with the uninspiring restaurant taking up most of the space. I remember how it was a breathtaking experience on first entering the foyer. The staff, on the whole, is rude, overbearing and surly. Of the five staff members we had contact with today only one was pleasant and forthcoming. However, I would still return for another visit, as nothing can take away from the power of the art to inspire and delight.
  • It's always a great walk at the McMichael. The grounds are well groomed and the trails are well kept. Inside you'll find great are. A must see and a gem of Kleinburg and Vaughan, ON
  • Very disappointed was really looking forward to returning again after a number of years only to find that the focus of the collection had changed considerably. Several of the Group of Seven only had a few pictures showing though there were a number of Thompson's and Jackson's but with a World War Two slant to the exhibit. There was only one or two Emily Carr and Clarence Gagnon, my husband's favourite, was no longer on display. Instead we were treated? to three large exhibit areas of modern art including one with a display of gessoed shoes. This institution is advertized as the Canadian Group of Seven home, sadly not any more. The grounds and building are still lovely and the staff helpful but why was it necessary to ruin what was a beautiful collection. Please leave the fabric art to the Toronto Tapestry museum and shoe displays for the Art Gallery of Ontario. It was not worth the drive from Milton to Kleinburg I could have seen more Group of Seven pictures at the AGO.
  • An interesting place, quite quiet at most times during summer, and probably filled with classes during the school year. Not much grabbing you other than the beautiful Canadian art, which is to be expected. But, if you're expecting anything more than an art gallery, you will most likely leave a little disappointed. It does however have a couple of hiking trails that people frequent. Food is expensive, and the local town of Klienburg is quite an expensive place, with not too many food options. So perhaps plan a meal beforehand, or pack a lunch for a picnic in the beautiful Canadian outdoors just outside the gallery.