What is a Docent?
Docents are volunteer museum educators. Docents conduct educational tours and programs in the museum galleries with students in grades K-12 and adult audiences. Docents study the museum’s collections and attend training in how to deliver effective museum gallery tours. Qualified applicants must have experience working with children and adults, and have an enthusiasm for history and science, especially industrial history and natural history.
What is the time commitment?
Training: Late September through winter. History: Up to 20 training classes, held Mondays from 1:30-3 pm. Science: Up to 15 training classes, held Wednesdays from 2-3:30 pm.
Tours: Give at least 20 tours a year for two consecutive years, in addition to training year. Most school visits are Tuesday-Friday, 9:30 am-2 pm.
- Free training program
- Attendance at docent social events, including docent symposium
- Discounts on Museum School Courses
- Museum Store discounts
- In-depth, ongoing training led by curators, scholars, and museum educators
- Docent Newsletters
- Free admission to selected programs & lectures
Applicants will be reviewed based on qualifications and the number of docent openings available. Selected applicants will then be contacted for an interview.