Symposia Description

The National Docent Symposium (NDS) is a biennial event that promotes continuous improvement in docent practice by facilitating communication and collaborative interaction among U.S. and Canadian volunteer docent/guides. Sponsored by docents/guides from U.S. and Canadian museums every 2 years since 1981, the NDS has provided a forum for about 400 volunteer docents/guides from North American museums of art, science and history to meet and exchange ideas, problems and solutions to the concerns of docents/guides.

NDS participants then share those ideas with their docent/guide communities and their institutions. The 3 to 4-day symposium includes docent and museum-educator lectures, workshops, guest speakers, panel discussions, tours of local museums and highlights of the area.

Discover more about the NDS at and check out the exciting events planned for the next NDS to be held in Montreal October 12-15, 2017,




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

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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
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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