Donations and Loans - Musée McCord Stewart

Collections and Research

Donations and Loans

Thank you for your interest in donating an object, photograph, or document to the Museum!

The Museum continues to selectively build its historical collections to fulfill its mission as a repository for Montreal’s social history. Thanks to our generous donors, the outstanding collections continue to grow.

The Museum’s curators are always interested in learning about objects and their stories.

You have questions? We invite you to read our Frequently Asked Questions.
FAQ objects donations


On request, the Museum will issue a receipt for income tax purposes for the fair market value of objects donated. When an object is estimated at under $1,000, museum staff may carry out an appraisal at no cost to the donor. For objects estimated 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 Stewart Museum authorizes loans of objets 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.

You have questions? We invite you to consult the Information Sheet.
Information Sheet

514-861-6701, ext. 1312

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