Become a Docent

We'll teach you everything you need to know! Share the wonders of art in the Brooks’ permanent collection and special exhibitions with visitors of all ages. Volunteer as a museum guide.  No prior experience required!  We will provide you with the training needed.


  • A love of art.
  • An interest in working with children and visitors of all ages.
  • A passion for learning and teaching. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Flexibility.
  • Regular access to the internet and a current email address.
  • A two-year commitment to the docent program.
  • Attend the required 6-month training class ($25 administrative fee).
  • After training, be available one day per week (Wed-Fri) to conduct tours between 10 am and 2 pm.
  • After training, attend monthly meetings which are for on-going training/enrichment.
*Candidates attend a six-month training course in art history, the art in the Brooks’ permanent collection, touring techniques, and education practices. Classes are conducted weekly on Wednesday and Thursday 12:30-3:00 pm beginning in September excluding holiday weeks. New docent training classes are held every other year and the next class begins Fall 2016.


  • Free course in art history and touring techniques, teaching and learning practices.
  • Opportunities for continuing education and personal growth (for example, curator tours, guest lectures, field trips to other museums).
  • Support of an enthusiastic and dedicated peer group.      
  • Brooks Docent Book Club Discounts on museum membership, the Brooks Museum Store, and the Brushmark Restaurant.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer docent call 901-544-6244 or submit an inquiry through the form below.