Become a Docent


• Love people?
• Love art?
• Love meaningful conversation?

The MFAH needs YOU! Join the elite corps of MFAH volunteer docents.


What does a docent do?
A docent is a volunteer educator. Historically, a docent lectured while visitors listened. Today’s dynamic docents at the MFAH create and facilitate conversation-based tours, with relevant and universal topics such as pattern and design through the history of art, exploring artist’s choices, and much more. Docents help make art from around the world more relevant and interesting for visitors. Last year our 200 docents served over 60,000 visitors ranging in age from toddlers to adults.

Worried you don't know anything about art?
Not a problem! The MFAH Docent Program provides ongoing education sessions about tour techniques, how to think like an educator, and the Museum's exhibitions and collections.

The investment?
Your time.

The gain?
• Enjoy wonderful camaraderie with fellow Museum docents and staff
• Receive the opportunity to learn from top experts in the field of art history
• Share your passion with others in our community and beyond

Want to learn more?
To reserve a spot at an open house, or for more information about the MFAH Docent Program, e-mail docents@mfah.org with "Docent Recruitment" in the subject line.

Interested in our house museums?
Our house museums, two former homes in the historic River Oaks neighborhood, also recruit docents. Learn more about the docent program at Bayou Bend, which displays American decorative arts and paintings, and the docent program at Rienzi, the house museum for European decorative arts and paintings.