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

For the NDS 2017 Montreal Symposium
At www.nds2017.com (or click here)

Please consult our website and make your choice of the Breakout sessions, Off- site workshops and Pre-Symposium tours before beginning the registration process.

Rendez-vous à Montréal !



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 www.nds2017.com


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 www.nds2017.com 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.
See www.375mtl.com/en


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 www.cic.gc.ca