150 Years of Giving
Soon after the MFA opened in 1870, Bostonians donated art to build the foundation of the Museum’s encyclopedic collection. These donors were visionaries who wished to share art with the public by placing their treasured collections in the care of the MFA. Since then, generous donors have contributed to the Museum’s growing collection, including transformative gifts in recent years.
This tradition of generosity 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
The MFA serves its community in Boston and audiences around the world with the support of thoughtful and generous donors. Thank you for considering a gift to the Museum.
Director, Gifts of Art
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.