Washington D.C. welcomes you to our next National Docent Symposium, October 24 to 27, 2019.

NDS2019 is happy to announce we have completed registration for this year’s National Docent Symposium in Washington, D.C.  There will be over 400 registrants attending, representing art, history and science institutions from around North America.  We do have a waiting list, as we anticipate there will be attendee cancellations over the next several months.  Please access the waiting list from the Registration tab (General Registration).  You will be notified by email should additional openings become available.

If you have questions about the Symposium, please go to our “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) tab for your most commonly asked questions. Additional information may be obtained by contacting us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


You may view details of our upcoming Symposium by clicking on the Registration tab.  Descriptions of Pre-Tours, Afternoon Out tours, and Breakout sessions are detailed there.  You will use this tab to register for these various activities when official registration begins on 13 May.


Hotel registration for this year’s Symposium is available at a discounted rate.  Please go to the Hotel tab and use the link there to make your hotel reservation.


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Keynote Speaker:
Augustus Casely-Hayford
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Symposium Speakers:
Kaywin Feldman
Karleen Gardner
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