Docent (Tour Guide)


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


1701 Pacific AvenueTacoma, WA 98402


Love Art? Teach and Learn as a Volunteer Tour Guide

Tacoma Art Museum is accepting applications for outgoing, art-loving volunteers to train as tour guides (docents). Share your passion for arts education with students and adults in this interesting, vital role. Join Us Today!

What does a docent do?

  • Docents lead conversation-based tours and inspire creative thinking.
  • Docents empower visitors to consider their own lived experiences and draw personal meaning from original works of art.
  • Docents meet the diverse needs and interests of our community, and have a profound impact on the museum experience.
  • Docents learn about and see amazing works of art, meet artists, curators, and other experts!
  • Many of TAM’s docents lead hands-on art-making lessons for students in K-12 school groups, too!

We are currently seeking applicants particularly interested in working with youth audiences in the galleries and in TAM’s classrooms for related studio art lessons. Regarding schedules, please note that the majority of Guided School Tours and accompanying art-making lessons occur Tuesday through Friday, 10 am - 2 pm.

TAM seeks tour guides who are:

  • Comfortable speaking in front of groups
  • Enthusiastic about working with youth
  • Interested in teaching studio art activities (hands-on art making)
  • Eager to dedicate time to tours, research, and training related to exhibitions and in-gallery activities
  • Willing to contribute at least two years to the program
  • Available to attend trainings held on Wednesday afternoons, approximately two times per month, and lead tours during museum hours, most often Tuesday through Saturday between 10 am and 2 pm

Museum educators, curators, and scholars help docents learn methods for engaging visitors in robust conversation, close-looking, and creativity. New docents will begin a yearlong training course in early 2017. Docents participate in ongoing trainings related to exhibitions and best practices in arts education.


Please submit a volunteer application noting your interest in the Docent Program. Tacoma Art Museum strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in careers related to museums and the visual arts.

The application deadline is Thursday, December 15, 2016.

Join Us Today!

Questions? Email Ashley Hosler, Educator for Adult Learning, at


  • Child Development
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Critical Thinking
  • Visual Arts
  • Youth Services
  • General Education

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Approximately 8-16 hours/month for at least 1 year

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