Docent training in the gallery

Docent trip to Storm King Sculpture Park

Docent training has always been a high priority at the Bruce Museum. Docents lead school and adult groups in the Museum and act as Museum ambassadors to the public.

Being a Docent is a privilege of Membership.

Our Docents are:

  • Enthusiastic
  • People friendly
  • Eager to learn and share
  • Flexible
  • Interested in giving tours that generate conversations with their audience through questions (inquiry-based)
  • Ready to be the Museum's ambassador to the public
  • Interested in working with a wide variety of audiences

All docents are required to sign a contract agreeing to commit to the program requirements.

In return for their time and dedication, Docents receive:

  • Curators' tours/previews of new exhibitions
  • In-depth information about exhibitions
  • Exhibition related lecture series
  • Professional development in tour techniques and content areas via the Lorraine Block Docent Lecture Series
  • Trips to other museums
  • Recognition at the Lorraine Block Docent Award Dinner
  • Opportunity to attend the bi-annual Connecticut Art Docent Symposium

During their first year of training, new docents should expect to:

  • ​Attend at least 80% of the Monday morning training sessions
  • Observe a wide-variety of tours and programs
  • Lead a tour or program on their own that is observed and evaluated by a member of the Audience Engagement staff by June 30
  • Complete a number of outside readings on exhibition content, tour techniques, etc.

For more information about our docent program please contact Kathleen Holko, Manager of School and Tour Services, or (203) 413-6741.