Docents are a vital part of the museum community as they provide enriching and interactive tours for a variety of visitors, including children, adults, families and special interest groups. Volunteer docents provide tours to more than 10,000 children and adults annually. They conduct research, prepare background information on museum exhibitions and collections, and present their research at monthly training sessions. They are also active in presenting outreach programs in the community.
Since 1990 the museum has conducted an intensive docent training program featuring an ongoing series of lectures and workshops conducted by museum staff, educators, curators, art historians, area museum professionals, college faculty, and artists. The program offers docents life-long learning opportunities and camaraderie, and focuses on interpretive material related to exhibitions, art historical background, and museum education issues and techniques. Docents receive training in tour techniques and strategies for offering interactive tours for a variety of visitors.
More than 35 docents currently participate in the monthly seminars and training sessions, and enjoy periodic visits to area museums. Docents meet monthly on the first Tuesday of the month, and attend training sessions and museum trips throughout the year. Museum docents are active in regional and national docent associations, including the Greater Philadelphia Area Docent Consortium.
The new docent training class is a yearlong program and is offered every several years. The most recent class was completed in 2012. For more information about the program, please contact 215.340.9800, ext. 122.