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

Are you interested in offering a gift of art to the MFA? Are you creating estate plans and considering the future of your collection? To learn more, see How to Give Art or e-mail goa@mfa.org.

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.

Kelly Hays
Director, Gifts of Art

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.


Learn more about how to offer a gift of art, and find answers to frequently asked questions.

Enjoy a selection of featured gifts of art representing transformative donations from visionary collectors.

The Denman Waldo Ross Society was established in 2003 to honor individuals, corporations, and foundations who assist the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with the critical goal of continuing to grow and enhance its world-renowned collections.

Gifts to the Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection support the acquisition of works by American artists of color.