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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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 !


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