In contrast to most museums in Québec and in Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a private museum, not a state-run institution. The MMFA must maintain a level of self-financing that is unequalled in Canada, representing almost 55% of its operating costs. To do this, the Museum works each year to raise funds from the private sector to support its exhibitions, accessibility to collections and educational programmes, art conservation, and art publications.
See the behind the scene of the campaign.
Thanks to the generosity of its many friends, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is committed, more than ever, to supporting social and community-centred values. This year’s opening of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace reflects this humanist mission clearly. It is a mirror of our city and its inhabitants: open and welcoming. By the way, some of these residents have jumped into the game by personifying popular works in the Museum’s collection.
Thanks to its donors, the Museum is forever innovating by engaging in new avenues of development, recently with museum therapy. Works of art become tools to promote social harmony and wellbeing through scientific research programs in collaboration with Museum partners: universities, medical centres and more than 450 community organizations working for pre-schoolers, diversity, seniors and the underprivileged.