The Museum of Tolerance New York trains volunteer docents to facilitate tours through the center. Our volunteer docents are responsible for facilitating dynamic discussions based on our interactive exhibits on a variety of social justice topics including racism and prejudice in America, international human rights, the history of the Holocaust, and more.

Become a Docent:

As a docent, you become a part of a “Tolerance Team.” You will have the opportunity to promote knowledge and understanding to make a real difference in the lives of New Yorkers. Most of the tours will be for school groups, as well as tours for the general public, religious, and corporate groups. The facilitated tours are 2-3 hours long and most tours are scheduled Monday through Friday during regular business hours.

There will also be some Sunday and evening tour opportunities.

Qualifications and Training:

  • Strong Communication Skills & Public Speaking experience
  • A sincere interest in human rights issues
  • Enthusiasm, patience and willingness to learn

Training will be conducted at the MOTNY. It will be a 2-3 day program, which will include an introduction to the MOTNY, facilitations skills, exhibit workshops and Holocaust education. After the training, new docents will have the opportunity to co-docent before leading a group on their own.

We ask docents be available to lead at least one tour per month and welcome them to sign up for more.

For more information and an application please email us.


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Due to heavy volume of school groups we advise visitors to come between 2:00pm and 5:00pm. Arriving earlier in the day may result in visitors being asked to come back at a later time. Please call ahead for availability

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