The has announced a three-year, $9 million gift from an anonymous donor to continue its free general admission policy and digitize its permanent collection.
The gift includes $4 million in general operating support, which will enable DMA to extend its free admission policy. The gift was structured to include matching funds for additional giving of $2 million over five years. The remaining $5 million will be used to digitize the museum's permanent collection and create educational content that supports free online engagement with works in the collection.
The gift also includes resources for measuring the educational impact of the project. Whenever permitted by existing agreements, DMA will make available to the public, free of charge, all images, data, and software it creates.
"This is an exciting moment in the museum's history, and we are deeply grateful to our donor for the exceeding generosity and the significance of this gift," said museum director Maxwell L. Anderson. "With this donation, the DMA will become one of the world's most open and accessible museums. This opportunity reinforces our deep commitment to serve as an important educational resource for our local and regional community, as well as for our growing online audiences worldwide."