NDSC Mission Statement

The mission of the National Docent Symposium Council is to promote continuous improvement in docent practice by facilitating communication and collaborative interaction among U.S. and Canadian volunteer docent/guides. This is accomplished through biennial symposia, sales of The Docent Handbook and with our interactive website www.nationaldocents.org.

Sites of the National Docent Symposia

  • 1981 Indianapolis Art Museum, Indiana
  • 1983 Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin
  • 1985 Oakland Museum of California
  • 1987 Toledo Art Museum, Ohio
  • 1989 National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
  • 1991 Denver Art Museum, Colorado
  • 1993 High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1995 Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, California
  • 1997 Seattle Art Museum, Washington
  • 1999 Philadelphia Art Museum, Pennsylvania
  • 2001 McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2003 The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
  • 2005 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2007 Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona
  • 2009 Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
  • 2011 St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri
  • 2013 Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California
  • 2015 Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio
  • 2017 Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 2019 Freer Sackler Museums of Asian Art, Washington, DC
  • 2021 Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri 
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October 12 - 15, 2017
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