Volunteers at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are an integral part of the Gardner experience for the more than 200,000 visitors who come to the Museum each year.

Volunteer Program

Volunteers are trained by Education Department staff to greet and welcome visitors, answer questions about the Museum and its programs, and assist visitors in the galleries. Once trained in these areas, volunteers may also pursue additional opportunities for giving introductory talks and usher at concerts and lectures.

The Museum is not currently recruiting for Volunteers. If you would like more information about this program and to be added to our contact list, please email learning@isgm.org.

Museum Teacher Program

Museum Teachers are part of a dynamic community at the Gardner. Trained by Education Department staff, Museum Teachers play a vital role in introducing the Gardner Museum and its collection to a wide variety of audiences through individualized, guided gallery experiences. Using interactive teaching methods, they encourage close looking, facilitate discussion in the galleries, and help visitors make personally meaningful connections with the collection.

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

Participation in a 10-month training program (starting in October 2015) is required, as is a 2-year commitment beyond the first training year. The training includes learning about the collection from curators and other specialists, methods for object-based teaching, strategies for facilitating inquiry and dialogue, and an introduction to theories of child and adult development. Once fully trained, Museum Teachers are asked to give 5 tours per month (or 60 tours per year), attend monthly meetings and continuing education trainings held throughout the year.

Interested applicants must attend a required information session on Thursday, May 28, 2015, from 9:30 to 11:30 am. This is an opportunity to meet Museum staff and current Museum Teachers, learn more about the program, and participate in small group gallery discussions.

The deadline for participating in this year's recruitment has passed.