Docent Programme - Volunteer guide programme


The volunteer guides of the Docent Programme offer individual visitors free guided tours in English in the exhibition Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts (MFAB Masterpieces) on view at the Hungarian National Gallery (HNG), furthermore, in the gothic art and in the 19th-century art collection of the  Gallery (HNG Gothic Art, HNG 19th-century art).


The word docent is derived from the Latin „docere” meaning to lead. Originally used to denote a professor or university lecturer, the term has expanded to include the volunteer guides who staff many museums and other educational institutions. Docents introduce guests to the Museum collections by providing free tours throughout the galleries and help visitors gain a deeper understanding of the art on display. In addition to their function as guides, docents also often conduct research using the institution's facilities or provide administrative support for the Docent Programme. Prospective Docents undergo intensive training by the Museum that focuses on interpretive and communication skills so they may better introduce the Museum’s collections to visitors.

in the Hungarian National Gallery

in the Hungarian National Gallery

Autumn 2016

The training consists of two components: the Docent Training Workshop and a two-part lecture series.

The Docent Training Workshop focuses on the practical aspects of docenting – largely presentation and interpretive skills. This Training Workshop is a series of required classes, open only to prospective docents. These classes meet on Tuesdays, after the Art Studies lectures, from 13.00 to 14.30.

The Art Studies Lecture Series in Autumn 2016 consists of two main parts: a course on 20th Century art in the Hungarian National Gallery, and an additional thematic lecture series that examines the connection between the rich symbolism of the Bible and art. These lectures are open to the public – all are welcome!

It is essential that prospective Docents have a fluent grasp of the English language, although it is not necessary to be a native speaker.

The fee to train as a docent is HUF 50,000. A detailed description of each lecture series follows below. If you are interested in applying as a Docent-in-Training, please contact the Docent Programme of the Museum Education Department at ZG9jZW50IzEhKyNtZmFiLmh1.

If you wish to attend the lectures but not become a docent, you may attend any of the Art Lectures for HUF 2,500 per lecture and the Bible Illuminates Art for HUF 1,800 per lecture. All are welcome. Advance registration is not required – come when you can!

Modern Times  – Hungarian Art between 1896 and World War II
Tuesdays 10.15 – 12.00
4 October to 22 November 2016 
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Truth Revealed through Story & Symbol 
Thursdays 10.15 – 12.00
27 October to 8 December 2016 
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