Bayou Bend Docents

Are you passionate about antiques or history? If so, consider becoming a Bayou Bend docent!

Bayou Bend
Bayou Bend, the former home of Ima Hogg, is the MFAH house museum for American decorative arts and paintings. The estate and objects comprise one of the world’s foremost collections of American decorative arts from 1620 to 1876.

Training
Provisional docent candidates participate in an in-depth, four-month training program. Classes are held on Mondays, from mid-January through mid-May. Work outside the classroom includes readings, study in the collection, and tour-development exercises. Following the program, working on a research assignment gives provisional candidates the opportunity to expand their knowledge further.

Commitment
A three-year commitment of active service is requested, which includes monthly meetings and optional continuing-education activities. After the training, docents commit to giving tours on a regular schedule.

Perks
Each Bayou Bend docent is a member of a close and nationally acclaimed group of educators who share an interest in American decorative arts and culture. Docents participate in ongoing educational opportunities, events, and trips, and they receive a discount at The MFAH Shops.

The deadline for the class of 2015 is October 15, 2014. Apply today.
The application process is now open, with open houses on September 16 and October 3, 2014. An invitation with more details about the information sessions is in the application packet. For more information or questions, contact Bayou Bend’s docent program manager at bbdocents@mfah.org or 713.353.1508.