Established in 1862, the Société des beaux-arts et du musée is at the origin of the MBAL’s foundation in 1864. Since its creation and as the main owner, the Society has contributed to maintain and increase the MBAL’s collection. Consisting of a committee and contributing members, the Society is very active in the MBAL’s development and the cultural outreach. Among its recent actions, there is its decisive role played during the renovation that have taken place between 2011 and 2014. The Society finances as well exhibitions thanks to fundraisings and its own funds.