Docent Program

What is a docent?
NOMA docents are dedicated volunteers who engage visitors and facilitate learning. Docents lead scheduled tours for museum visitors of all ages. Docents are at the heart of the museum experience and form an important link between the public and museum collections.

Are you interested in having an active role at the New Orleans Museum of Art? Consider becoming a docent. NOMA continues to accept applications for a new class of docents forming in fall 2019.

Who should apply to become a docent?
The docent program strives to include people who represent the diversity of the greater New Orleans area and nearby communities. Adults of all ages and from all backgrounds are invited to become docents. Candidates demonstrate a love of learning about other cultures, historical periods, artworks, and artists. Prior background in the arts or public speaking is not necessary. Volunteers should be prepared to make a three-year commitment to training and touring at NOMA.

What are the docent training requirements?
Docents receive a comprehensive training course and learn about all aspects of the museum’s permanent collection. Docent training includes classes and workshops in theories of teaching and learning, museum education, art history, methods of interpretation, and touring techniques. Classes meet most Mondays from September through May. Docents are expected to attend the entire training course in order to insure preparation for touring.

What are the benefits of becoming a docent at NOMA?

  • Satisfaction from sharing your interest in art with museum visitors.
  • Active involvement with the museum and its staff.
  • Opportunities to work and socialize with others who share a common interest.
  • Lectures by museum curators, visiting scholars, and artists.

Would you like to know more?
If you would like more information, please contact the Curator of Education at 504-658-4113 or

How to apply
The next docent class will begin training in August 2019. If you would like to be considered for the program, please download the Docent Application and return it to or to New Orleans Museum of Art, Attn: IAE, P.O. Box 19123, New Orleans, LA 70179.