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The Docent Program

A docent discusses contemporary art with first graders.

A docent discusses contemporary art with first graders.

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.

Help Us Host an Artful Visit

The Renwick Gallery is currently closed for renovation, and we are not currently recruiting for docents. We welcome your interest for future docent classes. For information, email WilsonCL[at]