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Jim North

13 August 2019

Such an amazing place and space. Could spend more time here without tiring. The beauty of the grounds as a counterpoint to the gorgeous art inside the galleries...!! What a treat. So glad we took an Uber up from Toronto (~$70)... no viable public transit, except for the bus on Sundays... More...

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Stephanie S.

5 August 2019

Tip:  Parking on premises is $7.  Having said that, if you don't have any mobility issues, you can save some $$ by parking at the public school (on weekends) that's at the foot of the gallery!This is a really special art gallery, mainly due to the atmosphere because I didn't find it as crowded as other galleries IN the city.  I found it quite relaxing and peaceful as there were also views of the lovely grounds from many windows.They were setting up for a wedding after-hours and I think this would be a GORGEOUS venue!  Area surrounding gallery resembles Niagara-On-The-Lake - cute and quaint!  Another bonus?  It's really not that far of a drive.  :)    Best enjoyed during warmer, non-snow months because there is also a statue garden! More...

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Sandra Campbell

3 August 2019

Great experience and friendly staff. I loved the Maud exhibit! Only disappointment was the quality of the Maud prints for sale in gift shop. They were dull and lack the brightness and essence of the original paintings. Otherwise, well worth a visit again and a chance to explore the grounds! More...

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Rimas Danaitis

30 July 2019

Great location, wonderful collection of art plus great staff. Only criticism is I definitely preferred the previous restaurant and restaurant staff.

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David Bach

28 July 2019

Overall a good experience and a great place to view Canadian art. The scenery surrounding the building is quite nice, and they have some interesting local and not so local artists on display

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Kenny Ward

25 July 2019

Beautiful place to visit

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RJ Collacott

24 July 2019

Can’t miss this museum if you are in the area. Amazing art selection from Canada’s finest artists. Could spend all day taking in these masterpieces.

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Lorena Martini

24 July 2019

I brought my cousin who is an artist to see Canadian group of 7.

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gilly crossley

24 July 2019

A very good gallery in a wonderful setting. Disappointed not to see more of the Group of 7 and Tom Thompson. Brilliant exhibitions.

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Erdem Çalıkoğlu

24 July 2019

Awesome, full of tranquility and pure oxygen

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Donald Krall

24 July 2019

Loved it

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Esther Reshef

24 July 2019

The Maud Lewis art exhibition at McMichael was impressive and touching.

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nutellalover

17 July 2019

Love this place. A must for fans of the Group of Seven.

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Matt

17 July 2019

Nice surroundings in beautiful Kleinburg. Good place to hang around and spend a weekend day.

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NointroDuction Needed

17 July 2019

I went there as a student for a field trip for the last day. This is not where you want go as your last day trip. Very boring. I am giving four stars for the maintenue and teaching. Please make it more fun for kids! More...

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Tim Oaks

17 July 2019

Love the Group of Seven so this is a must see. The price of admission is high which limits access to see these essential parts of Canadiana. The grounds are great to walk as well More...

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Chris Last

17 July 2019

Wonderful afternoon spent enjoying the exhibits

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Sandro Di Poce

17 July 2019

Peaceful and Beautiful

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ronald harbron

17 July 2019

You could spend some time in here. It was really informative.

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DA Hertzog

17 July 2019

An impressive collection of art. The grounds of the building are beautiful, lots of trails and outdoor art to see. Great gift shop - well worth the trip to Kleinburg.

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Alexandra Hamilton

14 July 2019

Amazing art! Beautiful grounds and I really liked the sculpture garden.

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Andy Macleod

10 July 2019

Lots of examples of these Cadian modern artists

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Dan Cioroianu

10 July 2019

Beautiful place! Do not miss!

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Petru Lupas

10 July 2019

nice park

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אלי אנג'ל

10 July 2019

לחובבי האומנות. מומלץ לכולם

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Ilana Hatchuel Davis

9 July 2019

It is always a pleasure to visit this gorgeous place. Few museums rival the setting or the architecture. Worth the drive even if it was empty... Loved the Maude Lewis exhibition, but it was so cold that I had to go outside to defrost. kind of detracted from the pleasure More...

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Zee Gardner

8 July 2019

beautiful place to visit. Maud Lewis exhibit blew me away.

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Ron Beattie

3 July 2019

they have nice pictures there or here if your there

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Rob Russo

3 July 2019

Cultural center that keeps out Canadian heritage alive and well. A beautiful outing with my family. Gorgeous well kept grounds for a hike it outdoor picnic.

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Heather Prystanski

3 July 2019

Awesome! A beautiful location and an impressive collection.

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Jimmy Sun

3 July 2019

A famous Canadian art gallery. Standing in front of Group Seven’s paintings, I felt so exciting and enjoying. Besides the gallery, There are many art attractions like sculpture garden etc.

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Irina IP

3 July 2019

Nice collection and great park.

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Lynne Pereira

1 July 2019

First visit and definitely plan to come back soon ... what a beautiful and peaceful experience.

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Pina Ware

30 June 2019

Amazing loved it. I will be going back again and again. To much to see it all in one visit. The sculptures around the vast grounds are incredibly beautiful.

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Daniel Vasile

30 June 2019

Nice Place to walk and take photos

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Anita Plat-Kuiken

30 June 2019

Contemplative and beautiful grounds

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Sharon Lam

30 June 2019

Beautiful surroundings of tall trees. Some galleries were closed so it didn't seem like an extensive collection this visit, but it's a great environment for a contemplative day away. Parking is $7... Surprised you had to pay given this is so out of town. More...

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Bin Li

30 June 2019

Love this place

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Michael

30 June 2019

A good place to see Canadian art.

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StefOutside S

30 June 2019

McMichael is a great gallery on some beautiful land. You can walk outside and see the sculpture gardens, walk the Humber trail, and there are a few spots to sit, break out a sandwich, and enjoy the weather.The exhibits inside are very interesting; lots of Canadian art and they have interesting artists that they showcase often. I come here quite often! More...

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Manal Rahim

30 June 2019

Super calm, came here for a quiet family day with my parents and everyone enjoyed

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Sarah Hunter

30 June 2019

A great place to see Classical Canadian Art

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Giorgio A. Carloni

30 June 2019

Diamond in the rough

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Frank Uccello

30 June 2019

Nice place

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Michele McCarthy

30 June 2019

Moonlight Gala was the best ever

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Caleb Hilbich

30 June 2019

Absolutely stunning grounds and amazing art.

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Jacqueline Crawley

30 June 2019

I hadn't been for many years but now it is one place I want to revisit all the time. They support a wider variety of current artists as well as the beautiful Group of Seven Collection. The boutique restaurant is fantastic. Service is professional. The food is top quality. The grounds are beautiful and we've had lovely picnics before we fell in love with the restaurant. Parking is easy but not free. I think that is wise as it supports the grounds and offers some security. More...

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Kim Lesley

30 June 2019

Beautiful gallery and the moonlight gala was fantastic

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Monsieur Dauphin

30 June 2019

Amazing and beautiful

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Scott Trotter

30 June 2019

Beautiful grounds only enhance the experience that the exhibits display.

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Matt Gibbs

27 June 2019

Very informative and educational with a great ambience and peaceful grounds, I have very much enjoyed visiting twice from the UK.

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Marnie Parkin

24 June 2019

A beautiful place to treasure

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David Rintoul

17 June 2019

I consider this to be the quintessential Canadian gallery. The National Gallery has much more scope and the Provincial galleries have their character. But the McMichael is where Canadians and visitors get a real look at our country. More...

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Marita Williams

16 June 2019

A great place to spend the day with family and friends!

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Sofia Calautti

10 June 2019

A stunning collection of Canadian and Indigenous art. Each time I visit I discover something more beautiful than the last. And I love the gift shop!!

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M. I. S

31 May 2019

Incredible!! Loved it!!

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Bruce Raymer

31 May 2019

Amazing collection of works by Canadian artists.

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Drewes Tebbes

19 May 2019

Het mooiste museum die ik in Canada heb bezocht

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Peter K.

19 October 2018

Worth a half day of your vacation at any time of the year.Group of Seven, Milne, Emily Carr, Morrisseau, Daphne Odjig all on display today. Morrisseau brought a year to my eye. Magnificent. Similarly Thomoson, Milne, Carr .....As I said worth a half day at least. More...

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Carla F.

15 September 2018

A must visit and worth the price of admission. If you're close enough or don't mind the commute, it's also worth the price of membership. It's a place you can keep coming back to, or at least we find ourselves doing that. Inside you'll enjoy beautiful Tom Thomson and group of seven works. The McMichael showcases other Canadian and First Nations art, as well as current and upcoming talent. It is warm and inviting and has a lot of character. I always end the tour with a stop at the gift shop and have a few prints. The grounds are on forestland and make for great hikes. I've done forest walks here with my family. The structures, including the shack, as well as the sculpture garden are simply beautiful. My husband actually proposed to me at the McMichael. It's a really serene, gorgeous, and truly Canadian place that has a lot of meaning for so many couples...We've seen plenty of weddings / wedding pictures taken here and it makes a great venue! More...

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Josephine C.

21 April 2018

It's was our first time at the museum last winter and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there.  Although we were expecting to see more of the Group of Seven paintings, the Guitar Project was nice treat for us and our guests. Looking forward to visiting the museum in the summer and fall. More...

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Paul L.

7 January 2018

I came here to see 'The Art of Canada: Director's Cut' exhibition.  Just when I thought I've seen almost everything from the Group of Seven, the McMichael has put more on display from the vaults.  There is a lot more, too, from other Canadian artists that I've never encountered.  My favorite painting from this exhibition is a quite simple one: Tim Zuck's 'Yukon', a 1994 painting of a seaplane.  It's such a simple image yet I stood in front of it for quite a while.The surprise for me is the aptly-named 'Annie Pootoogook: Cutting Ice'.  I initially began to walk by these simplistic images, most on display drawn with colored pencil and ink.  Then, some of the titles grabbed my attention: 'Watching Jerry Springer,' 'Ritz Crackers,' 'Gossip,' and 'Man Abusing His Partner'.  The titles described each image entirely; no subtext, nothing for the viewer to interpret.  This uncomfortable directness came from an artist who put her raw vulnerability -- from the mundane boredom of everyday life to sex and domestic violence -- into her work.  Sadly, she died in 2016; her body found on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa.  These disturbingly unfiltered drawings have stayed in my mind. More...

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Perry G.

16 January 2017

If you are looking for an authentic Canadian art experience, make sure to put the McMichael on your bucket list.  I visited regularly when I lived in Toronto and now my wife and visit every time we are in the Toronto area.Yelp Tip - If you have an Associate Membership with the Albright-Knox art gallery, you have reciprocal privileges at the McMichael for free admission to the gallery!  That is almost a $40 savings for a family visit.The art gallery features masterpieces from the Group of Seven (the quintessential Canadian landscape artists), and other amazing Canadian artists such as Emily Carr and Norval Morriseau.  They also recently had ana amazing Matisse exhibit!Once you've taken in all the great artwork, head outside to the beautiful grounds which are connected to the Humber Valley Trail network.  Parking is a very reasonable $5 Canadian and they also have a very nice gift shop which sells everything from maple syrup to jewelry. More...

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Michael Z.

30 December 2016

Definitely worth the ride northwest from Toronto to see the museum's collection of works by Tom Thompson, The Group of Seven and other Canadian artists. The building itself is aesthetically pleasing, being mainly constructed of logs and fieldstone in the style of a grand lodge, and set in a forest. The setting evokes the images in many of the exhibited paintings. They offer lectures and art classes, and can be a weekend destination, especially in good weather when you can walk through the hundred acres of forest and gardens that are part of the museum. One negative is that there isn't a decent inn or b&b in or near Kleinburg. I've tried some, and all were disappointing. So, if you're in Toronto, it may just be a day trip. If you're planning to be in Toronto and visit the AGO, you should definitely make it a point to also check out the McMichael. More...

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Dixie Q.

6 November 2016

Culture vulture report: Canadian edition. Well, ok. Not obsessive but I definitely love the arts. I feel an affinity and belonging to the arts. Over the summer, there were some organized 'field day trips' from The Gladstone Hotel. If memory serves me correct, I took the bus at 10am and boarded it back at 4pm at the McMichael.The gallery is indeed focused on Canadiana: your Group of 7; Tom Thomson, whom I have mythologized as this handsome, strapping outdoors man who symbolizes all that is noble and good about Canadiana.So, of course, I have the completely wrong idea of what The Group of 7 is all about because I've turned them into this fantastic escapism from reality.The entrance resembles a gigantic wood cabin, because is has been expanded from an actual cabin. I saw the A.Y. Jackson. Tom Thomson - Wounds of War exhibition. It was an incredible juxtaposition of wartime art vs Canadian landscapes during the same time period. I loved it. The other exhibits paled in comparison.I spent the rest of the day enjoying a small meal in their cafe and walking around the grounds. It is bordered by a nature trail, so it is very easy to get lost on the trail! More...

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Diliny C.

6 July 2016

A few things I love about the McMichael Art Gallery- You can get up close and personal with the art on display- Even their more modern installations are thought provoking and eye catching- The staff are very polite and welcoming- The 200 acres of walkable green space/forest- Activities for kids and interactive displaysThe parking fee is $5 and the entrance for adults $18 (Seniors $15).  An annual family pass for up to for children and 2 adults goes for about $95 and includes parking.  For seniors that's $70 for a couple and up to 4 children.  Kleinberg itself is an emerald of a city to see. More...

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Kate G.

24 May 2016

Went here for a private event. It was a great venue for people from out of town to visit /see art and learn a bit about Canadian art history. I enjoyed the collection and also loved the non-traditional gallery setting. More...

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Steph C.

15 February 2016

This art gallery has one of the most beautiful display here in Ontario. The spacing of all the artwork is nicely spaced and the wall colours of each of the sections match the artwork. It's interesting how such small things can make the art gallery more welcoming such as the lighting as well. Tom Thomson's shack is located by the gallery. You can take a look at the outside of it but I'm not sure about taking a look of the inside of it. Regardless, they have the group of seven and Tom Thomson gallery, northwest coastal and Norval Morisseau's artwork displayed here. More...

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Jim B.

21 December 2015

I've been coming to the McMichael for years and am shocked I have yet to offer up my thoughts on the place. To define the showcase for Canadian Art as a gallery or museum just doesn't seem to do the place justice, as the setting mirrors the artists intent of capturing Canadian vistas/landscapes in all its beauty. Nestled on a hill above the Humber River and offering gorgeous views at every turn, the buildings are themselves works of art.I grew up having the Group of Seven and Emily Carr instilled as masters of Canadian Art...and their paintings are unbelievable to behold...they magically capture the beauty of our country in ways that will inspire and move every visitor. The grounds are immaculately maintained and on my last visit a children's art camp was being conducted outside in a small clearing made in the woods. WOW...how inspiring is that One of the other joys of the site is that it accesses the Humber Trail...thus allowing visitors who are inclined to witness nature up close, an opportunity to walk trails through either woods or along the Humber River. The trails are easy to walk, however the slope back up the gallery can get steep and is gravel....so it may present an issue for people with mobility issues. Go and enjoy the artwork, one of the many workshops happening or explore the grounds...you won't be disappointed. They even conduct outdoor weddings  on one of the hills overlooking the valley below (which in the fall paints its own art with strokes of red, orange, yellow, brown and greens).Can't say enough about this place. More...

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John F.

18 October 2015

If you want to get a feel for Canadian art, this is the place to go!  The permanent collection is devoted primarily to the artists known as the Group of Seven (there were actually a few more than seven of them), six of whom are buried on the grounds.  Additionally, their mentor Tom Thomson is well represented along with West Coast landscape artist Emily Carr.  Almost all of this oeuvre of work dates from the first half of the twentieth century.  It is not as radically modernist as some works from other countries of the same period, but it has a distinctively Canadian sensibility.  Very few, if any, of the works could be mistaken for art from the US, though some of Lawren Harris' work vaguely resembles Georgia O'Keefe.  What stands out in this work are the cool northern colours (sometimes even in paintings of autumn foliage), the emphasis on trees, often viewed as individuals rather than landscape components, and a sense of vastness and tranquility.  In general, I feel this collection of these artists' works is better than that held by the Art Gallery of Ontario.Upstairs, rotating collections focus on aboriginal art.  The recent gift of 49 contemporary Northwest culture masks is absolutely amazing in its beauty and there are several Anishnabe Woodland artists represented, including the great Norval Morriseau.  A fairly recent addition to the beautiful grounds is a sculpture garden containing nine striking bronzes by Ivan Eyre.Large and interesting gift shop with many Inuit carvings and lots of art books on Canadian art.  Pricing is a bit steep at $18 plus $5 for parking, as this museum is not huge.  However, the quality is very high.  If you go and weather permits, take time to walk around the grounds, which are lovely.  Trails connect with the Humber River trail (the Humber is just a little brook at this point). More...

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Grahame G.

2 June 2014

The McMichael is a jewel of a gallery situated well outside the urban sprawl of Toronto, and the location is beautiful. The main gallery is surrounded by lovely woodland walks and sculptures that really seem at home in the natural setting. Sadly we didn't have enough time to explore all the walks on this visit, but the gallery is equally fantastic. It's constructed in the style of a log cabin, but this is the biggest log cabin you've ever seen, extending down the hillside for at least 3 or 4 levels.The main attraction inside is the collections of the 'group of seven' and their paintings of Canadian landscapes. One of these, Tom Thomson, has a gallery all to himself. Great to see them all gathered together in one place - it really gives you a chance to compare their styles.Also on display are more contemporary works, and works by First Nations and Inuit peoples. The galleries are extremely well laid out, with easy and natural flow from one to the next; and all are disabled-friendly with access ramps between levels.A fantastic building and some wonderful pieces of art. Our visit (and a five-star rating) was only spoiled by the surly and uncooperative attitude of a member of staff in the cafe, who clearly was not interested in our business despite there being 45 minutes until closing time (a fact that she reminded us of at least twice), and gave off a general air of extreme harassment (despite there only being three tables occupied at the time) when we asked to see the menu in order to decide if there was anything that we could eat. Needless to say, we promptly left and went elsewhere, but not before filling in comment forms and complaining to the gallery manager, who apologised and informed us that the cafe was not under their control as it was out-sourced. I can't fault the gallery for the staff in the cafe, but nonetheless it's stopped me giving a full five stars to what is otherwise a fantastic place. More...

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Sebastian W.

14 May 2014

A hidden art gem in Kleinburg!  One of my favourite activities in the area with my kids is to cycle through the outdoor sculpture garden in the fall. It is located just off the main driveway. It is free by bicycle. More...

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Justine C.

21 April 2014

This is a nice, small sized art gallery located in kleinburg. It is most widely know for it's collection of the group of seven's work. Many of them lived in the area apparently, and on the property is a small cabin/ barn-like structure that one of them apparently used as a studio. The gallery itself is located in the middle of a small wooded area, which is nice to walk around in, and has a peaceful atmosphere. It's has nice pieces, but it's not the chic, upscale, high society version of an art gallery that might come to mind when one thinks of an art gallery. It's a nice place for the family. As I said, they have a large group of seven collection, but they also have other pieces. The last time I was there, they had a really nice Inuit art exhibit. It's not expensive and it's a good place to take in some art, as well as learn a bit about the history of the area. If you're in the area definitely check it out. More...

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May C.

27 March 2014

This gallery is well known for the collection of The Group of Seven.  The landscape around the gallery is gorgeous as well.  I came here not knowing that there is an exhibit of Mary Pratt.  Wouldn't have known about this great Canadian artist if I wasn't here.  Her paintings are stunning.  They are so real and precise that I thought I was seeing the real objects.   Her exhibition will be ended on April 27, 2014.  An exhibition that shouldn't be missed!!Quoted from gallery's website - "Mary Pratt has become one of Canada's most distinguished artists, celebrated for her work with familiar subject matter and domestic still lifes. The deceptively simple bliss of these scenes reveals a sophisticated approach to everyday life. Her works are skillfully executed and present nuances of tone, brushstroke, angle and choice of subject that leave viewers of Pratt's images with a sense of wonder and occasional unease. These substantial artworks have multi-layered meanings for the artist, and for the viewers who encounter the range, subtlety and power of this remarkable painter. At once highly contemporary and deeply rooted in the traditions of art history, Pratt's work reveals the breadth of emotion, skill and maturity that she brings to her practice." More...

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Elvis A.

13 August 2013

This place is an Oasis close to the forgetful landscape that is GTA. What an an unexpected place for an art collection, lush green gardens with thick foliage all over the place. I would say this is an unexplored area for good picnic. The main building itself is nice as well with an open and inviting feel. The main display area is extensive and there is a steady flow of exhibits from what I read. I guess its unfair to comment on the exhibits as art itself is subjective nevertheless the exhibit I saw was interesting and is a must visit for the people who are into this genre. I think I will revisit next time time they have some interesting exhibit or just want to get away from the city. More...

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Imran N.

25 July 2012

This place is excellent. A quintessential Canadian must-see. Kleinburg itself is really quite picturesque, and McMichael's setting here is worth the visit.  The property is lush with trees and vegetation and makes for a perfect setting for the gallery (which was the home of McMichael's). The gallery features the group of seven, and additionally features a modern theme in the upper level (this year it's art through fashion - meh). The gallery layout is nice, you don't get lost, there's lots of info and audio guides so you could easily spend a half day here.The restaurant portion is quite nice and you can actually rent it out for private functions - note to future self.The gift shop is also really interesting and i found it to be very reasonably priced. My christmas cards this year will be purchased from here. Distane wise, it's not far from toronto at all if you have a car. You pay $5 for parking and $15 for gallery entrance. $30 for a family ticket. This would definitely be a good date place, place to take out of towners, something different to do on a sunday etc. More...

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Natalie T.

28 November 2011

Located in Kleinberg, about an hour outside of Toronto (think just past Canada's wonderland) is the majestic Canadian art palace of the McMichael art gallery. That assessment isn't totally off base.  This gallery used to be the home of owners Robert and Signe McMichael and now houses one of the most prominent collections of Canadian art. VIBE Think of the Brady Bunch's house. It's kind of like that. There's a lot of stonework, and old mahogany woods reminiscent of a cottage country ski villa.  That said, if you want to get your Group of Seven and Inuit art -on, this is the place to do it. Over 100,000 people visit the gallery each year and I'm ashamed to say this was my first time there. But it's worth it and a viable day trip for anyone, though I would recommend this as a great trip for the family. If you're into hiking there are trails and bigger hiking paths and picnic spots nearby at the Kortright Centre. Oh, and did I mention the grounds are IMMACULATE? The stone work and outdoor sculpture garden are beautiful. If you're a Group of Seven fan, the McMichael is the site of all members (excluding Tom Thomson). That said, Tom Thomson's original house is onsite and intact. SEE If you want to learn more about Canadian art and heritage, this is the place. There's over 6,000 pieces collected on the Group of Seven alone (obviously not all at once).  There is also a theatre which used to be the site of the McMichael's old swimming pool and a very funky, technologically up to date totem pole. I'm not kidding: this totem pole is outfitted with an ipod, lap top and cell phone.  Are we addicted to our technology much? Um, yes. OBLIGATORY CATCHY REMARK Mcget yourself to a Canadian treasure. Better than a happy meal.  (Note to self: wow, I really need to work on my copywriting skills). More...

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Stephanie C.

11 October 2011

I am a huge Group of Seven fan so when I finally got to visit the McMichael Canadian Art Collection last weekend, I felt like I was going to Mecca. The gallery is big and easy to manoeuvre through, and all accessible. The main collection, the Group of Seven, occupy several rooms, along with works by Emily Carr and other Canadian painters.Apart from the Group of Seven, McMichael has a great collection of Native and Inuit art and sculptures. Current exhibitions are housed on the second and third floors. At the moment, there is a great photography exhibit about Alberta's frontier past in the 19th century and Inuit life in Alaska in the early 20th century. Nature plays a vital role in the gallery. It has not only inspired the artwork seen at McMichael, but the gallery itself is right smack in the middle of it. In each of the gallery rooms, there are windows that look out to gorgeous vistas of the Bruce Trail. There's also a sculpture garden which I hear is beautiful but sadly, the weather wasn't cooperating and we were rained out. We did see Tom Thomson's shack which was neat to see and offered a glimpse into what his life might have been like, however I don't know if a basketball can be deemed authentic as it was in plain view in one of the rooms that serve as a storage room. Hint to the McMichael: Maybe you might want to cover the windows of the storage room?Their restaurant, Seven, is nice and modern-looking, and has a nice patio that overlooks the grounds. Again, we couldn't enjoy this because of the rain. Seven does have the potential of being a nice place to eat but it felt like we were in a cafeteria. The food is hit or miss: the Spicy Steak Burger with aged cheddar was delicious but the quiche was BLAND. The prices are reasonable and they do offer a prix fixe menu that combines an appetizer, entrée and dessert for $20. The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is definitely worth a visit. It's only 45 minutes away from downtown Toronto and makes for a great day trip to walk around the property. Yes, they do charge a $5 fee to park there, but that's only if you're walking the grounds. Regular admission into the gallery is $15 and open all year round. More...

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Marley M.

15 February 2010

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is located in Kleinburg, Ontario, about 35 km north of Toronto. Even though it's a hefty drive, and even though they charge you $5 to park in their ginormous (and empty) parking lot (grumble), it's totally worth the trip.Focusing solely on Canadian art and specifically the Group of Seven, the collection is pretty vast. I thought I'd fly through, but if you really want to see everything, plan to spend at least an hour and a half. Also, it's official: my favourite Group of Seven artist is Lawren S. Harris. Swoon!Their collection of First Nations art is really good, and I very much enjoyed the totem poles and the wood masks they had on display. My only complaint is that they didn't have much in the way of descriptions about the art or the artists. I did a lot of looking, but not a lot of reading. An audio tour would be a nice addition.The McMichael is definitely one of my favourite things I've done in Toronto. A must-see.Note: they close at 4pm. More...

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Plank D.

9 December 2009

The McMichael Gallery in Kleinberg is dubbed "the spiritual home of the Group of Seven" and that really gives you an idea of what this place is all about.  The gallery is as impressive as the plot on which it lies.  It is a real experience going to this place.  You have to make your way down a long road covered by trees to the parking area.  Once you are there, you have to leave your car and walk through the grounds to the gallery which is nestled next to a cliff that leads down to the Humber River.  There are different buildings around the area which you can explore and, as you walk, there are different installations that line the surrounding area.  The burial ground of some of the Group of Seven is also on this site, such as the grave of A.Y. Jackson.  The feel of the ground is almost that of a sanctuary, as it should be.  Many of the Group lived out there old age at the McMichael.     Now for the gallery.  The lobby is a big open wooden and stone space with a modern take on a totem pole rising over everything.  Most of the museum has a lush wood interior and it creates a very warm environment.  The gallery is very impressive.  When you enter the gallery you are immediately presented with powerful works by the Group.  The journey through the career of these Canadian painters' work is inspiring.  Little details are offered such as the pallet that Thom Thompson used to original printings of rare stencil works.  There is also a theater that you can pop into and see old National Film Board movies on the Group with interviews and footage of them at work.  As you make your way up a wooden rap that looks out on the woods, you move to the next level of the gallery.  This level houses an enormous collection of Native and Inuit Art.  There is a mix of old and contemporary Native Art which, it has been argued, directly influenced the group.  Regardless, you are faced with the reality that the Group's work was inspired by the same elements that inspired the Native Art on the second level.  The third level houses a collection of contemporary Canadian Art.  More than a gallery that is just the spiritual home of the Group of Seven, it is almost a sanctuary of all Canadian art, showing what came before and after the artists who brought art to life in this country. More...

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Melissa G.

2 March 2009

The McMichael Gallery has been one of my favourite cultural destinations in Ontario since my first trip to the gallery when I was in grade 3.To set the mood for your visit to this gallery, you take a very relaxing drive to Kleinburg (just 40 minutes outside of Toronto) with a beautiful background of nature and forestry.Once you arrive and walk through to the art displays, you are surrounded by beautiful artwork which expresses the great Canadian talents, such as the Group of Seven and Tom Thompson. Even the woods surrounding the gallery offers a beautiful view through the building's windows, which makes you feel you are looking both at artwork on the walls and outside in nature.Apart from the actual artwork, the facilities has a wonderful restaurant and a great space for functions such as weddings or corporate parties.As well, the McMichael Gallery keeps experiencing cultural affordable by offering inexpensive day passes and full family passes. More...