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Become a Docent

The dedicated corps of well-trained volunteer docents continues to be one of the Carnegie Museum of Art’s most valuable resources. Docents lead thousands of visitors through the galleries each year, inspiring visitors of all ages with their insight into the works of art in the permanent collection and special exhibitions.

The docent training program is much like an ongoing art education class, where you will continue to learn and grow. A skilled docent initiates a dialogue and creates connections for visitors in an informal learning environment, successful candidates demonstrate the ability to serve as knowledgeable and skilled facilitators, more so than experts. The most important qualities you need to become a docent are a love of art and people, flexibility, and the ability to work as part of a team.


All prospective docents must complete our 15-week art history course.

Docents must be available for:

  • Tuesday morning training from September through June.
  • At least one other weekday per week to lead tours.
  • A commitment of at least two years to the program, after training and activation is completed.

Docents need to:

  • Lead conversations with a variety of visitors, including K–12 students, adults, college students, senior citizens, and accessibility audiences.
  • Be self-directed to prepare for tour content and varying audiences.
  • Pass a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania background check.


Generous support is provided by the Women’s Committee of Carnegie Museum of Art.