COVID-19 Information

Due to the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Museum’s capacity to accept gifts of art may be slowed. Many staff are working remotely, and safety protocols are in place for the reduced number of staff on-site to receive and handle art. We appreciate receiving offers of gifts of art for consideration, and will respond to donors individually. Please allow additional time for curatorial review and responses. We appreciate your generosity and patience under these unusual circumstances.

150 Years of Giving

Soon after the MFA opened in 1870, leading Bostonians donated gifts of art that formed the foundation of the Museum’s encyclopedic collection. In the past 150 years, committed philanthropists have contributed to the Museum’s growing collection, including transformative gifts in recent years. These donors were visionaries who placed their treasured collections in the care of the MFA to share with the public.

Their tradition continues with you. Gifts of art and funds for the purchase of art allow the Museum to continue to build and enhance a world-renowned collection—enriching our understanding of the past and revealing the unfolding story of the present. Donating art or funds to purchase art makes you eligible for recognition in the Denman Waldo Ross Society.

Making a Gift of Art

Are you interested in offering a gift of art to the MFA? Please e-mail for more information. To help our curators review your offered gift, please attach clear images of the artwork and provide as much information as possible:

  • Owner’s contact information, with e-mail and phone number
  • Clear images of the artwork
  • Description of the artwork: artist or culture of origin, title or object name, date, materials, dimensions, marks or signatures, and condition
  • Provenance: where it was acquired and past history of ownership if known

The MFA serves its community with the support of thoughtful and generous donors. Thank you for considering a gift to the Museum.

Kelly Hays
Director, Gifts of Art