Become a Museum Docent...
share your passion for learning with visitors of all ages at the Ontario Museum of History & Art!
Who are Docents? Docents are trained volunteers who provide essential group learning experiences through tours and outreach programs at schools and community centers in Ontario. No previous background in art or history is required, just a passion for learning and interacting with visitors.
Training Topics Training topics give docents information needed to conduct fun and successful tours through lectures, gallery activities, and practice tours. Topics include Ontario and regional history; secrets to good docenting; an in-depth look at the museum’s two local history exhibits, Road Ways and Gem of the Foothills; and the outreach program Ontario History on the Go. Ongoing orientations give an overview of new exhibits and docents will have the opportunity to go on fieldtrips to local historical sites and museums.
Be physically able to move around the museum building and grounds and to communicate verbally with visitors
Attend all sessions of the Docent Training Program (approximately 2 months) and complete take-home assignments
Be available for docenting assignments a minimum of 15 times per year
Commit to docenting for at least two years following graduation from the training program
The ability to speak a language other than English is a plus