These tips and explanations will allow you to make the most of your visit to the McMichael.
Protecting the Art
Please do not touch the artwork. Keep a safe distance of 1 m (39 in.) between you and the works of art. Please do not run in the Gallery spaces. We ask that you keep your voices to a conversation-level to respect the experience of other guests and groups.
Bags and Knapsacks
Visitors may carry one bag, such as a purse. Bags cannot be carried on your back. Bags, knapsacks, briefcases and parcels larger than 45 x 40 x 15 cm (18 x 16 x 6 in.) are not permitted in the galleries. All umbrellas must be left in the coat room or in one of the lockers in our lobby, free to access. All bags entering or leaving the Gallery are subject to inspection by Security staff.
The McMichael allows photography for personal use only, and only where indicated. There will be signs in each gallery to let you know whether photography is allowed, and if in doubt, please feel free to ask one of our Guides. We ask that you respect the rights of artists and their representatives under Canadian copyright law. For more information on Canadian copyright law, visit http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-42/.
Food and Drink
Food and drink are not permitted in the galleries. Sealed water bottles and baby bottles are allowed into gallery spaces but must be consumed in non-art spaces, like bathrooms or the lobby.
Pets are not permitted in the Gallery, but you are welcome to enjoy the grounds with your animal, and service animals, such as seeing eye dogs, are allowed into the Gallery.
Please turn your cell phone to silent or the vibrate setting and be respectful of other visitors when using your cell phone.
Sketching is permitted in the Gallery with pencil only, as is note-taking.
Strollers are welcome in gallery spaces. Or you may leave your stroller in our stroller parking area in the coat room to the right of the lobby. Bikes, helmets, skateboards, skate shoes, Rollerblades and scooters are not permitted. Where possible, these items can be stored in the lockers.
For the protection of visitors, staff and works of art, the Gallery is monitored by video surveillance.