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Since its founding in 1901, the Toledo Museum of Art has earned a global reputation for the quality of our collection, our innovative and extensive education programs, and our architecturally significant campus.

And thanks to the benevolence of its founders, as well as the continued support of its members, TMA remains a privately endowed, non-profit institution and opens its collection to the public, free of charge.

TMA provides a comprehensive summary of all of its activities to the public every year.
TMA is led by an executive management team overseen by the Museum's Board of Directors.
The Toledo Museum of Art’s member magazine is published three times per year.

Toledo Museum of Art Mission, Vision, and Values

Our purpose is Art Education. We teach people to learn to see by engaging with the collections of the Toledo Museum of Art. Under the umbrella of art history, we engage people with visual culture and methods of seeing including the formal language of art, iconology, ideology, semiotics and hermeneutics.

Through our collection and programs, we strive to integrate art into the lives of people.

Considering the Museum’s aspirations, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and current environment, what the Museum can be best at, passionate about, and financially driven by is using our collection to link art and the creative process.  If we focus our efforts on becoming the best in the world at linking art and the creative process, we believe that we can successfully achieve the Museum’s mission as envisioned in these concepts:

  • Audience Growth: The number of our actual and virtual visitors will increase.
  • Diversity: Our on-site visitors will reflect the economic, social, cultural, and racial diversity of our region.
  • Community Relevance: We will be an integral member of our community and will be responsive to issues of community concern and importance, particularly as they relate to the arts.
  • Art Collection: We will achieve a consistently high level of quality.
  • Professional Leadership: Other organizations will look to us as a model of operational effectiveness, integrity, responsibility to mission, and successful application of innovative solutions to solve real problems.
  • Operational Excellence: Resources will meet organizational needs, be built to realize organizational aspirations, and be allocated to achieve the Museum’s mission and vision.

As an organization, we recognize specific values as the basis for interdependence and as essential for collaboration and innovation. As individuals, we pledge that our relationships with one another and with our audiences will be governed by: Integrity; Respect; Trust; Cooperation; Positive Approach; and Self-Discipline.

  • Art must be connected to all that we do.
  • Always seek to add value.
  • Plan, implement, evaluate.
  • Our people are our best asset.
  • Integrate art into people’s lives.
  • Money follows good ideas.
  • Demonstrate diversity, equity and inclusion in everything we do.
  • Expanding access to the collections.
  • Teaching visual literacy.
  • Increasing visibility.
  • Developing museum assets.
  • Working with artists.

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The Latest from TMA

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Oct. 22 Art Minute: John George Brown, The Country Gallants

Oct. 22, 2018

As industrialization and urbanization changed the landscape and society in the mid-1800s, America’s past became the object of romantic nostalgia. Scenes of simple, idealistic rural life like this one were sought by middleclass city dwellers. Born in England, but settling in New York in 1853, Jo…

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Adam Levine named director and CEO of Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

Oct. 17, 2018

The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) Deputy Director Dr. Adam Levine has been named the director and CEO of Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens located in Jacksonville, Fla. He will start in January 2019. The Cummer Museum houses fine art collections and beautiful flower gardens, with its art collection…

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Two exceptional European paintings added to Toledo Museum of Art collection

Oct. 16, 2018

The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) has acquired two remarkable works of European art with funds from the Museum’s Georgia Welles Apollo Society. The paintings, by John Anster Fitzgerald (English, 1819-1906) and Dirck Hals (Dutch, 1591-1656), will be on view in the Museum’s Gallery 32 and Gallery …