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

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
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.

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.

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.

Each Bayou Bend docent becomes 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 MFA Shop and the Shop at Bayou Bend.

Class of 2018

► Applications for the 2018 class are open!

Download the application and submit the completed form, along with three letters of recommendation, to by Monday, October 16, 2017. 

Want to know more about becoming a Bayou Bend docent before you apply?
Attend an Information Session for prospective docents! Discover more about the Bayou Bend docent organization, the provisional docent course, and the commitments and benefits of this unique volunteer position. Join us for a brief program with docents and staff.

Choose an Information Session date and RSVP to or 713.353.1508. The sessions take place at Bayou Bend’s Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center.

  • Friday, September 29, 2017, 1–2:30 p.m. • RSVP deadline: September 22
  • Monday, October 2, 10–11:30 a.m. • RSVP deadline: September 25