Learn at the McMullen


Docent Tours

Free docent tours of the McMullen’s current exhibition take place every Sunday at 2:00 pm. If you would like a separate, private tour for yourself or a group, please contact Rachel Chamberlain at least two weeks in advance.

Student Ambassadors

Applications to become a paid 2023–24 McMullen Student Ambassador are now open through Sunday, April 2, 2023. Please follow the link below to complete an application. All majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be undergraduate students enrolled at Boston College in fall 2023.

Student Ambassador Application

Student Ambassadors work five to ten hours a week at $15 an hour collaborating on student programs and exhibition openings, acting as museum greeters, selling catalogues, contributing to the McMullen’s social media platforms, implementing new digital initiatives, creating virtual walkthroughs and podcasts, and assisting with research on temporary exhibitions and the Museum’s permanent collection. Student Ambassadors explore first-hand museum best practices while gaining experience in collections management, digital humanities, museum programming, and marketing.

Interested in learning more about the program? The hiring manager, Rachel Chamberlain will hold two virtual information sessions on Friday, March 17 at 3:00 pm (register here) and Sunday, March 26 at 1:30 pm (register here). We will go over Ambassador responsibilities and answer any questions you may have about the job or the application process. You are also welcome to drop by the Museum during the following times and chat with our current Student Ambassadors. They would be happy to share their experiences and show you around.

Chat with a Student Ambassador

The McMullen Museum recognizes the essential contribution a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff makes to the advancement of its goals and ideals in an atmosphere of respect for one another and for the Museum’s mission. Accordingly, the McMullen Museum commits itself to maintaining a welcoming environment for all people and extends its welcome in particular to those who may be vulnerable to discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, age, marital or parental status, gender identity, sexual orientation, military status, or other legally protected status.

For further questions about the Student Ambassador program and the application process, please contact Rachel Chamberlain.

the Terrace

The Terrace is a digital publication produced by the McMullen Student Ambassadors. Alongside information on the Student Ambassadors and updates on their current committee projects, visitors can find episodes of the McMullen podcast, “Art in Focus,” an archive of lecture recordings, research on the McMullen permanent collection, as well as articles, interviews, digital resources, Boston spotlights, and more, all organized and produced by the Ambassadors in collaboration with McMullen staff.


The McMullen Museum’s temporary exhibitions provide a resource to all higher education instructors, students, and researchers. In addition to the Museum’s Sunday afternoon docent tours, faculty may schedule self-guided tours for their classes or request specialized guided tours, discussion sections, or workshops to be led by McMullen staff or docents. To schedule a tour or request further information, please contact Rachel Chamberlain at least three weeks in advance.


The McMullen Museum welcomes children and school groups of all ages to explore its rotating exhibitions and develop connections with the works on display. Dedicated to helping students develop critical visual and cognitive thinking skills through visual thinking strategies (VTS), the McMullen engages students in discussions on art, asking them to draw their own conclusions based on the visual evidence presented.

School Visits

The Manager of Education, Outreach & Digital Resources, Rachel Chamberlain, is available to help design individualized visits tailored to class curricula. To schedule a school group visit, please contact her at least three weeks in advance.

The Museum cannot accommodate student groups for lunch. When weather permits, students and chaperones are welcome to eat outside on the terrace or on the lawn in front of the museum. School groups are also welcome at the many dining halls on campus. Information on dining services may be found at the Boston College Dining Services website.

Buses may stop in front of the museum for drop off and pick up and may park in any of the visiting bus spaces in the Theology and Ministry Library parking lot. Information on parking/accessibility may be found at the University’s Department of Transportation & Parking website.

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