What does a docent do?
A docent is a volunteer educator. At the MFAH, our dynamic docent corps helps create and facilitate conversation-based tours in the Museum’s galleries. There are currently around 150 active docents at the Museum leading tours for tens of thousands of visitors every year. Our docents provide an invaluable service to the community, especially the schoolchildren who arrive every year to see their first art museum.

How can I apply to become a docent?
Anyone is welcome to apply. All applicants should be available during business hours, Monday–Friday, for training and touring, or have the flexibility to be at the Museum for 3–4 hours about once or twice a week during those times.

If you are interested in applying to the docent program, please send an email to docents@mfah.org. We will make sure that you are notified once we begin accepting applications for our new training class and inform you about upcoming training dates. You must send an email to docents@mfah.org and attend a recruiting event in order to submit an application. Please note that we cannot accept early applications.

Typically, applications for our new training class are available in the fall. After completing your application, you will have an interview with Museum staff. At the conclusion of the interviews, we will offer places in our training program for as many applicants as we can accommodate.

An ideal candidate for the docent program:

  • Demonstrates a strong interest in public service
  • Wants to act as a mediator between objects and the public
  • Is a superlative conversationalist
  • Can be a flexible thinker, especially when confronted with difficult or sensitive ideas

Further details about the training schedule and program requirements will be distributed as soon as they are available.

More volunteering opportunities
Our two house museums, Bayou Bend and Rienzi, have independent docent programs that would benefit from your support. 

You may also be interested in the wide array of other volunteering opportunities at the MFAH. For more information about volunteering at the Museum, please contact volunteers@mfah.org or 713.639.7507.