Collections and Research

Donations and Loans

Give to the Museum collections

The McCord Museum actively enriches its collections through donations of archives, objects, photographs and documents, illustrating life in Montreal, Quebec and Canada.

Do you have an artefact, document or photograph that you wish to give to the Museum? Contact us to discuss making a donation to the collections. Photographs of the item, anything you know about its history and a brief comment on its condition can help us determine whether it is suitable for our collections.

The following documents outline our acquisition procedures.

Donate to the Museum collections – FAQ Acquisition Procedures Deed of Gift


On request, the Museum will issue a receipt for income tax purposes for the fair market value of objects donated. When an object is valued at under $1,000, museum staff may carry out an appraisal at no cost to the donor. For objects valued in excess of $1,000, an outside appraisal will be required. The fees for an outside appraisal must be assumed by the donor. If you are thinking of making a donation, we suggest you discuss it with a member of our curatorial staff, who will help guide you through the process and provide information on any fees that would be involved.

Please note that in accordance with the International Council of Museums (ICOM) Code of Ethics for Museums, the Museum staff does not offer financial appraisals or valuations of objects to the general public. We suggest you contact the Art Dealers Association of Canada Inc. or the The Canadian Antique Dealers Association.

Objects Loans

In accordance with its collections access policy, the McCord Museum authorizes loans of artefacts to other museums under certain conditions. The Museum generally loans objects when the institutions requesting the loan meet environmental and security standards that guarantee their safe display. Our loan procedures are outlined in the following document.

Information Sheet

514-861-6701, ext. 1221

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