About

The Gardner Museum is a stunning 15th-century Venetian-style palace with three stories of galleries surrounding a sunlit, flower-filled courtyard. A sanctuary of beauty, the Gardner is renowned for inspiring artworks, dynamic programming - including special exhibitions of contemporary and historic art - and a commitment to ensuring that all visitors feel welcome.

Museum Volunteer Program

Imagine meeting visitors from near and far, answering questions about artworks and wayfinding, gathering visitor feedback, and helping people fall in love with the Gardner. You can do all of this and more as one of our volunteers at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum!

If you are someone with an open mind, who delights in learning from and interacting with all kinds of people, consider joining our volunteer program. A background in art or art history is not necessary! The volunteer schedule is flexible and includes Thursday evening and weekend shifts.

To apply and to learn more, please join us for a required information session on Friday, May 19 from 10am - 12pm. Space is limited. To register and receive an application, or if you have questions, please Meghan Quigley.

If accepted into the program, Volunteer Training will take place on June 4, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm and on June 22, 5:30 pm - 9 pm. You must be able to attend both sessions.

We look forward to seeing you at the Gardner!

Museum Teacher Program

Are you someone who enjoys interacting with people of all ages? Do you have a love for art, teaching and museums? Are you a good listener who is curious about other people’s observations and ideas? If so, consider joining the Gardner’s Museum Teacher program.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is currently seeking a diverse group of individuals who share a love of art, teaching, and learning from others to join the Museum Teacher Program. A strong interest in open-ended teaching approaches, a desire to work with people of all ages and backgrounds, and strong communication skills are essential. Previous museum teaching and knowledge of art history are not necessary.

Museum Teachers play a vital role in introducing the Gardner Museum, its collections, and exhibitions to a wide variety of audiences through guided gallery experiences. Using interactive teaching methods, Museum Teachers encourage close looking, facilitate discussion in the galleries, and help visitors make personally meaningful connections with the collection.

Participation in a 10-month training program led by Education Staff is required, followed by a 2-year commitment to the Museum. The training includes methods for object-based teaching and learning, including the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS); strategies for facilitating inquiry, dialogue, and creative thinking; presentations on the collection from curators and other specialists; as well as techniques for designing tours for visitors of all ages. Once fully trained, Museum Teachers are asked to give 4 tours per month (or 48 tours per year), attend monthly meetings, and take advantage of other enrichment opportunities held throughout the year.

Training sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 9:30 am-12 pm beginning on September 13, 2017.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an information session on Thursday, June 1 from 6:00-8:00pm. This is an opportunity to meet Museum staff and current Museum Teachers, learn more about the program, and participate in small group gallery discussions.

Applications to this program are due June 9, 2017.

To request more information or an application, please contact Meghan Quigley at 617 278 5147 or via email at mquigley@isgm.org.