The McMichael Canadian Art Collection offers a unique arts and cultural experience for visitors, from the art that hangs on the walls to the spectacular grounds, Sculpture Garden, and hiking trails. The McMichael, beautiful in all seasons, is truly an extraordinary place to visit, where connections between art and nature can be explored.
Renowned for collecting exclusively Canadian art, the McMichael permanent collection consists of over 6,400 artworks by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, as well as First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists, and historic and contemporary artists who have contributed to The Art of Canada*. The McMichael is also the gallery of record and custodian for works on paper from the Inuit community of Cape Dorset, totaling more than 100,000 artworks.
Designed in a modernist idiom, and built of fieldstone and hand-hewn logs, the McMichael houses thirteen exhibition galleries where floor-to-ceiling windows enable visitors to enjoy views of the densely wooded Humber River Valley.
Through a network of outdoor paths and hiking trails, visitors can explore the McMichael Sculpture Garden as well as the unique Artists’ Cemetery where six Group of Seven members and gallery founders Robert and Signe McMichael have been laid to rest.
The McMichael displays a wide range of exhibitions each year, curated from the collection or borrowed from other major institutions. The gallery offers a full slate of educational and art-related activities to complement its exhibitions, including innovative studio programs and specialized accessible programs for both children and adults, as well as a Signature Performance Series of lectures and concerts. Guided tours, films, Family Sundays and Festivals, special programming, and children’s art camps engage visitors.
*The Art of Canada is an official mark of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.