Gallery Guide Program

The student Gallery Guide program is an opportunity for Yale undergraduates to learn about the museum’s collection and train to lead interactive, thematic tours of the museum for the Yale community and the New Haven public.

About the Program

Application Deadline: Midnight, Sunday, September 7, 2014.

Admitted students meet with museum educators and curators twice each week in the fall and once each week in the spring, participating in curatorial talks and discussion sections, performing research, and giving presentations in the galleries; these activities continue through the spring semester as students research, write, and rehearse gallery tours of their creation, which they debut in April. Throughout the year, trainees also attend field trips to other 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 training program, students remain involved with the Gallery Guide program by giving museum tours and participating in sessions throughout the semester.

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.

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 semester hours are Thursdays, 4:00–5:30 pm, and Fridays, 3:30–5:00 pm, with several Saturday excursions; spring semester hours are Thursdays, 4:00–5:30 pm, with several Saturday excursions. Applicants must commit to leading thematic 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 Sunday, September 7, 2014. 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 2014–15,” to After all applications have been reviewed, you will be notified via email of a possible interview.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Manekin at To learn more about the Gallery Guide program, join current Gallery Guides at the Meet and Greet on Thursday, September 4, at 3:30 pm in the lobby of the Gallery (1111 Chapel Street).

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