About the Docent Program

Docents are a vital part of the educational mission of the Palmer Museum of Art. They are volunteer educators who provide tours of the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions to a vast public audience. Docents facilitate personal interaction, education, and enrichment between museum visitors and artwork. They develop expertise through ongoing training, research, and continuing education.

Qualities that make a great docent are: the ability to communicate effectively with others, a warm and friendly attitude, a commitment of the time and effort, and a sincere interest in art history and art education.

Docent training consists of in-depth discussion and practice of art interpretation and touring strategies, as well as art history instruction related to the museum's permanent collection. Ongoing training for active docents includes continuous practice in touring strategies and information sessions on special exhibitions. 

All docents are required to be members of the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art. All volunteers must adhere to the museum’s mission and policies.

The next opportunity to participate in a training program is expected to be 2022.