The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is currently seeking a diverse group of individuals 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.

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.

Interested applicants must attend a required information session on Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 9:30-11:30 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.

Applications to the program are due Thursday, June 4, 2015. Follow up interviews with selected candidates will take place June 15-26. Beginning in October 2015, training classes will be held on Wednesday mornings.

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 five tours per month (or 60 tours per year), attend monthly meetings and continuing education trainings held throughout the year.

How To Apply:

To rsvp for the information session, receive an application, or request more information, please contact Leah Kandel at 617 278 5147 or via email at

Apply by:
June 04, 2015

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.