Exhibition Circulation Fund — Museums Assistance Program

The Exhibition Circulation Fund component of the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) assists museums with the costs related to the hosting of travelling exhibitions originating from another museum or from a federal heritage institution and the borrowing of artefacts from any of the National museums of Canada.

Who can apply

Applicants must be:

  1. Incorporated, non-profit Canadian museumsFootnote 1 who meet the criteria of 1 of the following categories:
  • Applicants for hosting a travelling exhibition must: 
    • provide services to the public year-round;
    • employ the equivalent of one full-time, paid professional staff; and
    • have policies for key museum functions.
  • Applicants for borrowing artefacts must: 
    • have policies for key museum functions; and
    • have a loan agreement or a letter of intent with one of the National museums of Canada.


  1. Indigenous governing bodies or organizations with a mandate to preserve and support Indigenous heritage.

How to apply

Applicants are required to:


Should you be unable to access the Portal or apply online for any reason, please contact our support team.

Application deadline

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and can be submitted at any time during the year.

Contact us

For further information, please contact the nearest regional office of the Department of Canadian Heritage.


Department of Canadian Heritage
Museums Assistance Program
25 Eddy St, 9th floor (25-9-N)
Gatineau QC  J8X 4B5

1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)
1-888-997-3123 (toll-free)

Agents are available to answer your questions Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET).

Regional offices of the Department of Canadian Heritage

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