Rendez-vous à Montréal

Rendez-vous à Montréal Courtesy of A Chicagoan in Montreal "Les Escaliers de Montréal"

"The Paris of North America" is the site of this year's National Docent Symposium, and what a great event it's going to be!

Our slogan, Reaching New Heights, was inspired by the spiral staircases of Montreal, but it really means getting better, stronger and more innovative as docents.

Stephan Jost, the dynamic new director of the Art Gallery of Ontario, will draw on his experience at the AGO, in Honolulu and Vermont to talk about "how to engage our public with authenticity, knowledge and flexibility." He will be followed by a panel discussion focused on visitor diversity, interpreting contemporary art, and what the age 20-to-35 crowd want from a museum experience.

Breakout sessions run the gamut from new ways to engage children to touring with battle-scarred veterans and visitors with little or no eyesight.

Our closing speaker will send you home with new ideas. She is JiaJia Fei, digital coordinator of New York's Jewish Museum, who has given TED talks on the effect of social media.

We're going to love to show you our city. Come before the symposium starts, and take tours of one of the most sophisticated cities in North America. The off-site workshops during the symposium range from art, design and architecture galleries to a museum on top of an archeological site of 375-year-old Montreal itself.

You will dine well every night — at our own museum, with its five pavilions and world-class collection, at Le Windsor Ballroom in the heart of the city, and at the spectacular Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. And you will receive a warm welcome from Nathalie Bondil, Director and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

See you soon. Or, as we say in Montreal, à bientôt!

Barbara Black, Program Committee NDS 2017

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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


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
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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