Since its founding in 1901, the Toledo Museum of Art has earned a global reputation for the quality of its collection, its innovative and extensive education programs, and its architecturally significant campus. 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.
The stated purpose of the Museum is Art Education. The institution teaches people to learn to see by engaging with its collections. Under the umbrella of art history, it engages people with visual culture and methods of seeing including the formal language of art, iconology, ideology, semiotics and hermeneutics. As an organization, TMA recognizes specific values as the basis for interdependence and as essential for collaboration and innovation. As individuals, its team pledges that their relationships with one another and with their audiences will be governed by: Integrity; Respect; Trust; Cooperation; Positive Approach; and Self-Discipline.