Join the Patron Program today!

Patrons’ support is at the heart of our ability to sustain the MFA’s mission and expand its impact. Patrons provide essential unrestricted funding for the Museum by contributing more than 7 million dollars annually. Patron support underwrites key exhibitions and programs that bring people and art together in a way that both opens eyes and lives. Join us today to experience the power of your philanthropic leadership at work!

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Patron Program 2020–21 Season

Learn more about the benefits of Patron membership and view our full season of Patron events in our digital brochure.

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Levels and Benefits

All Patron Program members have access to a wonderful range of special benefits:

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Complimentary Admission

Complimentary timed-entry admission tickets

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Special Events

Invitations to a host of exceptional events, including the Summer Party

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Reciprocal Admission

Reciprocal admission benefits at 22 major art museums

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Special Access*

Early access to exhibitions and admission tickets

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Direct Line

Access to staff dedicated to personally handling your requests

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Opportunities to travel with curators

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Recognition in the Annual Report

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Enjoy up to 40% off parking and 10% off at Museum shops

Patron Member

Starting at $3,000 / year

Insider access to special events that celebrate art and the MFA’s mission.

  • Museum admission for four adults and children 17 and under
  • Twelve VIP passes per major exhibition*
  • Invitations to all Patron Member events and learning opportunities
  • Opportunity to learn more about the collections with Curators Circles
  • $225 per household is not tax deductible

Patron Fellow

Starting at $6,000 / year

Deeper MFA access to intimate events including the annual Connoisseurship Seminar.

  • All benefits at the Patron Member level
  • Fourteen VIP passes per major exhibition*
  • Invitations to all Patron Fellow events and learning opportunities
  • $275 per household is not tax deductible

Patron Sponsor

Starting at $12,000 / year

Behind-the-scenes programs with curators and conservators at the Museum.

  • All benefits at the Patron Fellow level
  • Sixteen VIP passes per major exhibition*
  • Invitations to all Patron Sponsor events and learning opportunities
  • Ability to rent space at the MFA to host your private event with a 50% discount on the reservation fee
  • $325 per household is not tax deductible

Director’s Circle

Starting at $30,000 / year

Visit a private collection in a Boston-area home and attend the Director’s annual Holiday Party.

  • Unlimited admission for you and your guests
  • Eighteen VIP passes per major exhibition*
  • Invitations to all Director’s Circle events and learning opportunities
  • Invitation to join the Ann and Graham Gund Director for a special travel opportunity*
  • Abilities to rent space at the MFA to host your private event with the reservation fee fully waived and to host a wedding at the MFA (as the couple or the parents of the couple)
  • $400 per household is not tax deductible

President’s Circle

Starting at $50,000 / year

Philanthropic leaders of the MFA’s family.

  • All benefits at the Director’s Circle Patron level
  • Twenty VIP passes per major exhibition*
  • A complimentary exhibition catalogue selected by MFA staff
  • $400 per household is not tax deductible

Chairman’s Circle

Starting at $100,000 / year

Provide essential operating support to the MFA at the highest leadership level.

  • All benefits at the President’s Circle Patron level
  • Thirty VIP passes per major exhibition*
  • Opportunity to host an intimate cocktail party for up to ten guests at the MFA with the curator and collection of your choice*
  • Complimentary valet parking*
  • Complimentary annual membership in a Curators Circle of your choosing
  • $400 per household is not tax deductible

*Indicates that these benefits are subject to limitations due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Ways to Give

Prefer to give a set amount each month? With monthly payment options, giving has never been easier!

Contact the Patron Program office at 617-369-3211 or to set up your monthly installments.

Monthly payments range from $250 for Patron Members, $500 for Patron Fellows, to $1,000 for Patron Sponsors.

Want to make renewing easy and paper free? Your gift goes further when you enroll in MFA Automatic Renewal.

Check the MFA Automatic Renewal box when renewing online or contact the Patron Program office at 617-369-3211 or to set this up.

Is your company a matching gift employer? Many companies will increase the impact of your gift to the MFA. Please check Matching Gifts to see if your employer will match your donation. Obtain a Matching Gift Form from your human resources department and send it in with your Patron Program reply card and payment.

The Patron Program is pleased to welcome grants for the full amount of Patron membership recommended from charitable foundations, donor-advised funds, or IRA charitable rollovers. Specific rules apply: Patron members who give through these channels and wish to attend events must “pay as they go” for benefits received at events. Donors will be prompted to pay the entire per person value of each event. Accompanying each event invitation is an RSVP insert with payment information to be filled out and returned to our office.

If you have any questions, please contact the Patron Program office at 617-369-3211 or

When you make a gift of appreciated securities, you provide invaluable support to the MFA while receiving a double tax benefit—a charitable deduction and avoidance of capital gains tax.

Before initiating a gift, please contact Terry Lighte at 617-369-3733 or or Liz Sevy at 617-369-4311 or so that we know to expect the securities you are donating and can promptly acknowledge your contribution.

For more information, please visit Gifts of Securities