The Organization

The National Docent Symposium Council is composed of two delegates for each of the six American Alliance of Museums regions, as well as the two Canadian regions. In addition, the co-chairs of the current, past, and future symposia are members of the Board.

Responsibilities of the Council include:

  • Insuring the continuation of the Symposia through site selection
  • Guidance to, and cooperation with the host institutions
  • Promoting docent education through sales of the Docent Handbook and maintenance of an interactive website,
National Docent Symposium Regions



New England Region   Southeastern Region   Western Region
  Connecticut     Alabama     Alaska
  Maine     Arkansas     Arizona
  Massachusetts     Florida     California
  New Hampshire     Georgia     Hawaii
  Rhode Island     Kentucky     Idaho
  Vermont     Louisiana     Nevada
      Mississippi     Oregon
Mid-Atlantic Region     North Carolina     Utah
  Delaware     South Carolina     Washington
  District of Columbia      Tennessee    
  Maryland     Virginia   Canada (Western Region)
  New Jersey     West Virginia     Alberta
  New York         British Columbia
  Pennsylvania   Mountain-Plains Region     Manitoba
      Colorado     Saskatchewan
Midwestern Region     Kansas    
  Illinois     Montana   Canada (Eastern Region)
  Indiana     Nebraska     New Brunswick
  Iowa     New Mexico     Newfoundland
  Michigan     North Dakota     Nova Scotia
  Minnesota     South Dakota     Ontario
  Missouri     Oklahoma     Prince Edward Island
  Ohio     Texas     Quebec
  Wisconsin     Wyoming    

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August 30th is the last day to register with a $50 US discount.

For the NDS 2017 Montreal Symposium
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Dinners for non-registered accompanying persons

We are happy to announce that non- registered persons accompanying delegates will have the possibility of attending two of our evening dinners. However space is limited. Please see our website for details at


Social walk/run for NDS Symposium Delegates


The Sheraton Centre will host a special edition for the NDS guests in the morning (7:00am-8:00am) on October 12th and October 13th. See our website for details under What’s new.


La Balade Pour La Paix: An Open-Air Museum


A public art exhibition along one kilometre of Sherbrooke Street West created by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for Montreal’s 375th anniversary.
The route features 67 stations (30 sculptures and 42 photographs) by Canadian and international artists. It is lined with the flags of the close to 200 member countries of the United Nations, along with those of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories.


October 12 - 15, 2017
Almost Here!


Coming to Montreal? Find out what you need.

1.  Valid passport expiring more than 6 months after the travel date

2.  Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA): exemptions include U.S. citizens, travellers with a valid Canadian visa and Canadian citizens.  Please refer to the Government of Canada site for more information