Gallery Guide Program

The Gallery Guide program is a paid opportunity for Yale undergraduates to learn about the museum’s collection and how to teach from objects. Students participate in a yearlong training program with education and collection curators, during which they are taught to lead interactive, close-looking tours of the museum for the Yale community and the New Haven public.

About the Program

Admitted students meet with museum staff twice each week in the fall and spring semesters, looking at works of art with curators and learning to teach from objects with educators; these activities continue throughout the year as students research, write, and rehearse unique thematic gallery tours, which they debut in April. Trainees also attend field trips to other regional museums, such as DIA Beacon, MASS MoCA, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The in-depth training requires a time commitment similar to that of an academic course. Following the completion of the first year of training, students remain involved with the Gallery Guide program by continuing to give thematic and highlights tours (for which they receive payment), developing new ways of teaching, and participating in weekly gallery sessions for the remainder of their time at Yale.

This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates to integrate art into their experience at Yale and to become part of the Yale University Art Gallery community. The program is open to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in Yale College. Students in all majors are encouraged to apply.

Angles on Art

Angles on Art tours address a range of topics and inspire visitors to see the collection in new ways. Watch this video to see current Gallery Guides share more about the training program and their tours. Drop in for an Angles on Art tour on Thursdays at 6:30 pm, Fridays at 2:30 pm, or Saturdays and Sundays at 3:30 pm (September through April).

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Program Requirements

Applicants must have a strong interest in art, museums, and education. Attendance is mandatory and essential to the success of the program. Fall and spring semester hours are Thursdays, 4:00–5:30 pm, and Fridays, 3:30–5:00 pm, with several Saturday excursions. Students must complete two research assignments in the fall and two research assignments in the spring. Applicants must commit to leading tours of the Gallery during the spring semester and throughout their time at Yale, as well as to participating in special Gallery events and programs.


Applications for the Gallery Guide program are due by midnight on Monday, September 12, 2016. Applications should include the following:

  • Name
  • Major
  • College and Class
  • Hometown
  • Phone
  • Email

Your completed application (not to exceed 4 pages, single-spaced) should respond to the following questions:

  • Why do you want to be a Gallery Guide?
  • Describe your favorite museum experience.
  • What qualities or traits do you think a successful museum tour guide should possess?
  • Describe a time when you taught someone something. What did you learn?
  • Are you involved in any on- or off-campus activities? If so, what are they?
  • How did you first hear about the Gallery Guide program?

Please submit your application, with the subject line “Gallery Guide Application 2016–17,” to After all applications have been reviewed, you will be notified via email of a possible interview.

For more information, please contact Ryan Hill at To learn more about the Gallery Guide program, join current Gallery Guides at the Meet and Greet on Thursday, September 8, at 3:30 pm in the lobby of the Gallery (1111 Chapel Street).

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