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 art, history and science.

Applicants will be reviewed based on qualifications and the number of docent openings available. Selected applicants will then be contacted for an interview.

What are the Benefits?

  • In-depth, ongoing training led by curators, scholars, and museum educators
  • Docent Newsletters
  • Free admission to selected programs & lectures

What is the Time Commitment?

Art

Training: Up to 20 training classes, held Tuesdays from 1:30-3 pm beginning late September. Training ends in the spring.

Tours: 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.

Science

Training: Up to 15 training classes, held Wednesdays from 2-3:30 pm beginning late September. Training ends in the winter.

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.

History

Training: Up to 20 training classes, held Mondays from 1:30-3 pm beginning late September. Training ends in the winter.

Tours: 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.

Questions? Email docents@springfieldmuseums.org for more information.