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.

Prospective Docents should be:

  • 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 leading groups of children, teens, and/or adults


The time commitment in a Docent's first year includes:

A Docent in Training must observe programs, co-lead tours, and be observed by a staff member. These requirements must be met within the first tour-training year. A docent candidate must satisfactorily fulfill all requirements by June 30 to achieve active-docent status.

Docents-in-Training are expected to attend ALL Monday Training Sessions. You will need to plan extra time outside of training for completing readings and practicing your tours. Each candidate will be assigned a mentor from the start of the program. This person will help you with practice tours. When you and your mentor feel that you are ready, the Manager of School and Tour Services will observe one of your tours.

Docent trainees 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


Applications are accepted year-round, and once they are on file we will stay in touch with applicants about dates and times for new training sessions. New Docents Training begins September of each year.

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

Download a Docent Program Application