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

Applications for new docents are accepted year-round. For the 2018-2019 academic year, we are particularly interested in docents who would like to work with children and family audiences. Once an application is on file, we will contact applicants to arrange an interview. New Docents Training begins September of each year. 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.

Download a Docent Program Application