Larger Type
Smaller Type


The Docent Program

A docent discusses contemporary art with first graders.

A docent discusses contemporary art with first graders.

Now Recruiting New Docents!

A new docent training class will begin in fall 2016. Please attend one of our information sessions in April, May and June to learn more about the training program and application process.

Applications must be received by June 20, 2016. For more information, contact Geoffrey Cohrs, Docent Coordinator, at

Docents at the Smithsonian American Art Museum conduct weekday and weekend museum visits, community outreach presentations, and real-time videoconference tours. They facilitate an engaging experience and create a dialogue with viewers to deepen their understanding of American art, history, craft, and culture. Whether guiding visitors through a special exhibition at the Renwick Gallery, touring groups through the Smithsonian American Art Museum, or introducing our collection to schools nationwide through a real-time videoconference tour, our docents are knowledgeable and gracious representatives of the museum who bring artworks to life.