What is the National Docent Symposium?

By Jan Thorman, Docent, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD; Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, NDSC (August 2018)

Every other year since 1981, volunteer docents from many different kinds of institutions--art museums, natural history museums, science museums, botanical gardens, children’s museums, history museums and historical sites--have come together at the National Docent Symposium. At the Symposium, they exchange of ideas, education, fellowship, and learning with colleagues across the United States and Canada.
Organized and presented by docents for docents, each Symposium offers a unique and useful program, including workshops by docents and museum educators, informative off-site workshops and special tours, guest speakers, and more. The Symposium also offers participants a chance to learn about museums and cultural sites in the host city and the challenges and innovations of their docents.
While each symposium is organized by a different host museum or museums, they all offer a rich formal program as well as opportunities to network with docents from different parts of North America. Docents who attend a Symposium return to their home institution full of energy, enthusiasm, and new ideas.
Join us in Washington, DC, October 24-27, 2019, to discover for yourself the excitement and energy of the National Docent Symposium.

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