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.


The National Docent Symposium announces that Kaywin Feldman will be their Guest Speaker at the Symposium’s concluding Sunday brunch on October 27th.  Ms. Feldman has recently been selected as next director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the fifth director in the Gallery’s 77-year history.  Ms. Feldman was previously the Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Director and President of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.  Frederick Beinecke, President of the National Gallery of Art, notes, “Kaywin Feldman is a dynamic and highly principled leader, a gracious collaborator, and an innovator with the skills and vision to lead the National Gallery of Art in the 21st century.”  

We are pleased that Ms. Feldman has agreed to address the Symposium in what we know will be an informative and inspiring address. 

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What's New

Keynote Speaker:
NDS2019 has selected Augustus Casely-Hayford, the director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art as the keynote speaker for our opening dinner on 24 October 2019.
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Symposium Speakers:
We’re pleased to announce that Karleen Gardner, Director, Learning and Innovation at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA), will be our Luncheon Speaker on 26 October.
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