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Docents

Adult Program Docents

Docents give regularly scheduled tours in English and other languages. Tours are designed to introduce visitors to the museum experience and explore different parts of the Gallery’s permanent collection of American and European art in engaging and thought-provoking ways.

The National Gallery of Art is recruiting a new class of docents in fall 2017. After a selection process, a two-year training program will begin in September 2018 and will focus on museum education and art history related to the permanent collection. Workshops, in-gallery sessions, lectures, and readings will be used to advance docent learning. Docents become part of a community of learners and continue their education beyond the initial two-year training period, both formally and informally.

We welcome applicants from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences.

For those interested in applying to the program, mandatory information meetings will be held in fall 2017.
The schedule for these information meetings is listed below.

Information Sessions
October 3 at 10:30 -  Click here to be added to the waitlist.
October 19 at 2:30 - Click here to be added to the waitlist.
November 7 at 12:30 - Click here to be added to the waitlist.
November 13 at 1:00 - Click here to be added to the waitlist.
November 13 at 5:30 - Click here to be added to the waitlist.
December 4 at 3:30 - Click here to register for this session.
December 6 at 12:30 - Click here to be added to the waitlist.

Please see our frequently asked questions or contact staff at [email protected].

School Docents

At this time we are not accepting applications for the school docent program.

Contact Us

For additional information or assistance, please e-mail [email protected].  

Docent Program
Division of Education
National Gallery of Art
2000B South Club Drive
Landover, MD 20785