Private Group Tours and Workshops

The McMichael offers a suite of virtual and in-person experiences to inspire your friends, family and colleagues with the art of Canada! Whether you’re planning a corporate meeting, birthday party or wine-and-cheese event, add an artistic touch with a paid private guided tour of one of our current exhibitions or have your guests explore their creative side with an in-studio workshop. All tours are led by an experienced McMichael docent. 

Our interactive and inspiring programs will rejuvenate and entertain your group.


Virtual Adults Group Tours

“A Like Vision”: The Group of Seven at 100

Celebrate the centenary of the Group of Seven’s 1920 inaugural exhibition by exploring popular masterpieces and hidden gems by every member of the Group.

Private In-Person Group Visits

Bring your group to experience the spirit of Canada at the McMichael. We will be thrilled to plan a day that meets your group’s interests, providing a unique art-viewing experience in a natural setting. Choose a tour of the permanent collection or special exhibitions, enjoy an art workshop or a presentation. Customized itineraries with specially tailored workshops can be arranged for groups of 10 or more.


In-Person Adult Gallery Tours

Introduction to the McMichael Tours 

Discover what’s new at the McMichael with one of the following in-person tours. Each tour provides an overview of artworks, great for guests new to the gallery and for frequent visitors wanting to revisit their favourite artists and artworks.


McMichael Highlights

Enjoy this in-person gallery tour of the McMichael’s exhibitions. Covering both the permanent collection and special exhibitions, this tour engages guests with a sample of the best artworks that highlight curatorial themes and motifs. 

Art of Canada: Discovery Tour

Designed for English language learners, this in-person guided tour engages guests in gentle conversation about the art of Canada. Guests will enjoy the opportunity to practice vocabulary in a gallery setting while learning about artworks in the McMichael collection. 

Special Exhibition Tours 

Corresponding with the special exhibition currently on view at the McMichael, choose from the following in-person tours to explore the artworks and discover a new favourite artist: 

A Like Vision”: The Group of Seven at 100

Enjoy this in-person guided tour of “A Like Vision”: The Group of Seven at 100, which celebrates the centenary of the Group of Seven’s first exhibition. The exhibition curated by Ian Dejardin, the McMichael Executive Director, provides an opportunity to explore the works of individual artists of the Group of Seven within the context of the time and discuss their legacy in modern-day Canada. Please note: a tour of the Tom Thomson gallery is available as a 30-minute add-on to the “A Like Vision” tour. 

In-Person Adult Art Workshops


Watercolour Painting Studio

Explore the medium of watercolour paint with a McMichael instructor who will guide your group through techniques, tips and tricks to create their own unique artwork. Choose from the following themes to focus artmaking on specific genre or painting skill: seasonal landscape painting, still life or colour theory. 

Acrylic Painting Studio

Follow along with a McMichael Instructor as they guide your group through the steps of making a creative acrylic painting. Painting techniques and methods will be put into practice with the creation of your own artwork. Choose from the following themes to guide your artmaking: explore the genre of landscape painting, try your hand at a still life, or dive deeper into colour exploration by focusing on colour theory. 

Oil Pastel Studio

Engage with the versatile medium of oil pastels with an experienced McMichael Instructor to create your own artwork inspired by your choice of theme. Explore how oil pastels can transform a still life, express a seasonal landscape, or help develop your sense of colour theory with this creative and expressive medium. 

Art & Nature Meditation Workshop

This unique stress-relieving outdoor/indoor workshop is inspired by the Japanese tradition of shinrin yoku (forest bathing). The workshop begins with a silent meditation walk on the McMichael’s grounds, combined with en plein air sketching activities. Back in the studio, participants will reflect on their outdoor experience by using their preliminary sketch to create a polished painting during an instructor-led watercolour workshop. 

In Person Adult Outdoor Programs

Art & Nature, Well-being Workshop*

Based on a direct interaction with art and nature, this workshop encourages relaxation along with art and nature appreciation. Participants will enjoy a short silent meditation walk/observation on the gallery grounds followed by a discussion circle and an en plein air sketching activity will allow participants to reflect on their observations. 

*Please note, this program can be adapted to accommodate any individuals living with cognitive and/or mobility needs. 

Outdoor Discovery Tour

This accessible stroll will cover several historic landmarks of the McMichael’s grounds, such as the original McMichael home, Thomson Shack and Cemetery, as well as outdoor sculptures and art installations. The conversation will revolve around the presence and legacy of various Indigenous communities in the Humber River Valley corridor known as The Carrying Place Trail, and address the cultural and environmental impact of the settler politics. Guests will also explore Signe and Robert McMichael’s vision of the grounds surrounding their home from the perspective of their planting and outdoor art strategy. The tour will stop at the newly named Minokamik Garden to introduce a new ecological approach in the cultivation and maintenance of the gallery grounds. 

Picnic Permits

To host a group of 10 or more people on our grounds, you will have to purchase a Picnic Permit.

To start the conversation about how to create the perfect programming according to your group’s interests, please contact our Sales Manager, Angela Poletto at 905.893.1121 ext. 2536 or by email

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

“A Like Vision”:
The Group of Seven at 100

January 25, 2020 - August 14, 2022

From Water to Water: A Way Through the Trees

October 13, 2021 - February 28, 2023

Wanda Koop: Lightworks

May 21 - Oct 30