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 on view at the Hungarian National Gallery.

Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts

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1 October 2015
8 October 2015
15 October 2015
22 October 2015
29 October 2015

Meeting point: Hungarian National Gallery – Main Building, Ground Floor, Information Desk

Please note:
An admission fee is charged to all visitors. Groups of more than two visitors seeking a guided tour must contact the Museum Education Department at bXV6ZXVtcGVkYWdvZ2lhbW5nIzEhKyNzemVwbXV2ZXN6ZXRpLmh1 or call +36 20 439 7408. All dates and times are subject to change.

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.

Autumn 2015

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 2015 consists of two main parts: a course on Gothic 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!

Since all of these classes are in English, 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 or call +36 1 469-7180.

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!

OPEN HOUSE – Tuesday 13 October 2015, 11.00 – 13.00
Join us for a docent-led tour in the permanent collection, then enjoy our introduction to this unique programme. Meet some of the docents and find out what special benefits they enjoy. No entry ticket is required to attend the Open House. Meet in the lobby of the main biolding from 10.45 a.m. 
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Manifestation of the Divine – Gothic Art
Tuesdays 10.15 – 12.00
20 October 15 December 
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Gothic Splendour 
Thursdays 10.15 12.00
22 October, 5 November, 12 November 
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Museum Education Department
Museum of Fine Arts Budapest – Hungarian National Gallery
Buda Palace, H-1014 Budapest,Szent György tér 2. 
+36 1 469-7180 ZG9jZW50IzEhKyNtZmFiLmh1