The McMaster Museum of Art houses McMaster University’s permanent collection of more than 6000 objects that encompass the history of art from the late 15th to the 21st century, and coins and antiquities from Mediterranean cultures and China.
Collection development reflects the MMA’s current strategic plan with an emphasis on decolonial work and diversification.
The MMA is recognized internationally for its specialist collection of early twentieth-century German prints and outstanding European paintings, drawings and prints, including a donation by Hamilton businessman Dr. Herman Herzog Levy O.B.E. of his own private collection.
There are also significant holdings of Indigenous, Inuit, and Canadian art, especially since c.1960.
Acquisitions to McMaster’s permanent collection are administered by the MMA Curatorial team and Acquisitions Committee. Acquisitions policies emphasize the relationship between the teaching of art, art history and other subject areas, as well as broader concerns such as learning, research and public enjoyment.
All of our 6000+ works of art are not on display at all times. Please consult our website for current exhibitions.