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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. The New Orleans Museum of Art’s Department of Interpretation and Audience Engagement is currently accepting applications for a new class of docents. Please review the following information carefully before submitting an application.

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 two-year commitment upon completion of the program.

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 weekly from September 2012 to May 2013, excluding holidays. Following the initial training year, continuing education on the history of NOMA, the museum’s permanent collections and special exhibitions for all docents is offered monthly during the academic year. Out-of-class work such as readings and tour development will be required. Docents are expected to attend the entire training course in order to insure thorough 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.
  • Unlimited free admission to the museum and a discount in the Museum Shop and Café NOMA.

How are docents selected?
Applications are being accepted for a new class forming in Fall 2014. A NOMA representative will contact you for an interview. The number of docents selected for each training class varies depending upon the needs of the museum. If you would like more information, please contact the Department of Interpretation and Audience Engagement at 504-658-4128 or education@noma.org.

How to apply
Download the Docent Application and return it to education@noma.org or to New Orleans Museum of Art, Attn: IAE, P.O. Box 19123, New Orleans, LA 70179.


Self-Guided Adult Tours

Self-Guided group tours are available during regular Museum hours (Tuesday through Sunday 10 am to 5 pm and Fridays from 10 am to 9 pm). You must have 10 or more people in your group to qualify for group rates. Please book your group in advance to ensure your discounted admission.

To book your visit, please call the Department of Interpretation and Audience Engagement at (504) 658-4128.
Discounted rates for adult groups of 10 people are more with advance reservations are as follows:

Adults: $8
Seniors (65 and older): $6
Students and faculty with college ID: $6
Active Military with ID: $6
Children (ages 7-17): $4
Children (6 and under): FREE

Docent-Guided Adult Tours

Docent-Guided tours for adult groups of 10 persons or more can be booked by special request with at least 2 weeks advance notice. Due to a limited number of volunteer docents, availability is not always guaranteed although we will always do our best to accommodate your request. Please call the Department of Interpretation and Audience Engagement at (504) 658-4128 for more information.

Smaller groups (under 10 people) may wish to consider taking advantage of NOMA’s regularly scheduled tours public tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions, which are held weekly on Sundays at 2 pm. No preregistration is necessary but please call ahead to make sure the tour is still available.

The Museum also offers a free audio guide cell phone tour of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden for all visitors. Please inquire at the entrance to the Sculpture Garden for more information and an itinerary.


Friday Nights at NOMA

Every Friday night, join us at Friday Nights at NOMA for art activities and a variety of activities and performances. For details, please visit Friday Nights at NOMA.