The Museum’s Volunteer Docent Program trains qualified volunteers to lead public tours and/or family programs for diverse audiences. Docents give introductions to, and facilitate discussions of, exhibitions and the architecture of 235 Bowery. Through a series of training sessions and tour observations, Museum docents learn a variety of techniques that encourage audiences to look at, analyze, and discuss artworks. Assessing the needs of each group, docents use a flexible approach that considers the backgrounds, interests, and abilities of all visitors who wish to explore contemporary art.


Candidates must have a working knowledge of twentieth-century art history and contemporary art (or have a background in studio art or art education). Applicants must have a genuine appreciation for all visitors and must be able to convey information in a clear, concise, and articulate manner. An ability to conduct tours in more than one language is a plus; Italian, French, German, Spanish, and Chinese speakers are encouraged to apply. A commitment of one year is required.


Docents provide educational services for the New Museum Education Department and serve as ambassadors to the Museum.
Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Research, plan, and facilitate public tours on New Museum exhibitions. Tours are offered Wednesday through Friday at 12:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.; docents are asked to lead a minimum of two to three tours per month
  • Engage with the general public through tours, including visitors with a wide range of experience with contemporary art
  • Provide information about the Museum’s institutional history, membership options, exhibitions, public programs, and visitor services
  • Participate in docent orientation and continued training, including exhibition walk-throughs, observation debrief meetings, and tour assessment


We are not accepting applications for new volunteers at this time.

Contact Information:
212.219.1222 ×235

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