Volunteers & Docents

Volunteering at the MFAH

Each year, more than 1,000 people contribute to the cultural vibrancy of this great city by donating their time to the MFAH. Men and women of different backgrounds, from high school students to retirees, help the Museum to meet its goal of bringing art into the lives of people throughout Houston’s communities. At the MFAH, volunteer opportunities encompass a broad range of abilities and interests. Options include leading tours of the Museum galleries, helping in the gift shop, assisting with clerical duties, greeting guests, and facilitating children’s art projects. Museum volunteers are required to volunteer at least 20 hours per year. For details, please scroll down to the Opportunities sections.


How to Apply

To become an MFAH volunteer, first complete and submit an application. Next, you will be invited to attend an orientation session. This important step is required for all prospective volunteers so that you can learn about the available opportunities, tour volunteer areas of the Museum, and meet the Volunteer Services Department staff. Orientation sessions are held about once a month.


Become a Docent

Docents are volunteer museum educators who engage visitors of all ages in conversations and active explorations about art. The docent training program encompasses art history as well as touring methods and techniques, so each docent is fully prepared to facilitate enriching gallery experiences. We invite you to join the dedicated corps of more than 200 docents and discover a world of art. Contact docents@mfah.org for questions.

Take a closer look at the MFAH Docent Program.


Consider Joining the Guild

All MFAH volunteers are eligible to join the Guild, the leadership group of the Museum's volunteers. Guild membership is completely optional. Guild members receive additional benefits such as invitations to exclusive lectures, social events, private exhibition viewings, and trips to museums in cities across the country. Annual dues start at $40. Join the Guild today!


Volunteer Opportunities for Teens

Although most volunteer openings at the MFAH are geared to adults, certain events are perfect for younger volunteers. If you are between the ages of 13 and 17, complete and submit an application, along with the volunteer commitment and waiver. A parent or guardian must sign the waiver and volunteer application, as well. Once we receive your paperwork via e-mail, fax, or USPS, we will add your information into our database of 13–17 year old volunteers. You will be contacted via e-mail when volunteer opportunities arise for your age group.

Some of these activities include family days at the Museum and Bayou Bend; the annual Holiday Party for MFAH Members; and the annual Children's Party at Bayou Bend. Contact vol@mfah.org or 713.639.7507 for more details.


Volunteer Opportunities for Adults

The invaluable service provided by volunteers is critical to the Museum's success on a daily basis. Many different options are available throughout the year, including family days at the Museum, Rienzi, and Bayou Bend; the Bayou City Art Festival; and assistance in the museum's offices, archives, and retail shop. A complete list of opportunities is available here, and you can contact vol@mfah.org or 713.639.7507 for more details.

Summer 2014 Volunteer Internships
Two special opportunities to volunteer as an intern for summer 2014 are available:

  • Marketing & Communications, Public Relations Description
  • Marketing & Communications, Graphic Design & Social Media Description

For these two internships, please fill out a volunteer application and submit a resume, writing sample, and, if applying for the graphic design & social media position, up to 5 examples of design, to vramirez-sparrow@mfah.org. Deadline to apply is April 25 at 6 p.m.