Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

25 Evans Way
Boston, MA 02115

Date Posted:
May 09, 2017

Eastern Massachusetts



Museum Teacher Program


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 9:30am-12:00pm 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.

How To Apply:
To request more information or an application, please contact Meghan Quigley at 617 278 5147 or via email at
Apply by:
June 09, 2017
About this Organization:
The Museum was the creation of Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840-1924) 'for the education and enjoyment of the public forever.' Since opening to the public in 1903, the Gardner has served as a center for ideas and life-long learning in its community - a tradition that is kept alive today through an array of interpretive, creative, educational, horticultural, artistic and scholarly programs.