Each year, the MFA, Boston sends two five-month loan exhibitions to the Nagoya museum; longer-term, five year exhibits are also provided. Despite the desire of N/BMFA's curators to display primarily Japanese and Impressionist art, the MFA, Boston has insisted on a more wide-ranging display. A small number of items are, nevertheless, sent regularly for the Nagoya museum's "Japanese corner".
The Nagoya museum has been described as part of the MFA, Boston director Malcolm Rogers' attempt to "internationalize" the institution.
The museum operates a 4,700 square meter facility on three levels, including 1,400 square meters of exhibition galleries. The architecture of the museum is contemporary but nonetheless meant to reflect that of the neoclassical MFA building in Boston, especially its white granite facade. A 31-story hotel building is attached to the museum.