Docents engage and inform the community about the Museum’s collections and special exhibitions. Docents create memorable experiences for our visitors and conduct tours for thousands of people each year. In addition to tours at the Museum, docents can also share their knowledge through presentations at various community organizations.
Docents typically have a background in education or similar fields. They share a strong sense of camaraderie, and enjoy the personal enrichment that comes through the training they receive and the pleasure in passing their knowledge along to others.
Training and Commitment
To become a docent, volunteer candidates must commit to an intensive one-year training program. Classes meet monthly, and participants are trained on teaching and touring techniques, grade specific tours, the Museum's collections, changing exhibitions and the museum’s curriculum. Candidates are required to complete a variety of written and oral assignments and pass a qualifying tour in order to become an active docent.
After graduating from the one-year training program, we ask for a two-year service commitment. Yearly tour requirements may vary depending on your chosen status, and the museum will work with you to match your tour preferences and availability to the needs of the Museum and our visitors. Exhibition training continues frequently the duration of your service as a docent.
Applications for the Docent Program are currently closed. Please check back for updates.
If you'd like to be involved with the museum immediately, please complete the Volunteer Inquiry Form.
For questions or more information about the Docent Program, please complete the Docent Inquiry Form.