Docent Program Head


Harn Museum docents are volunteers tour quides who lead visitors in engaging discussions about museum collections and exhibitions. Through mindful study of art interpretation and touring strategies, docents create open, welcoming and enjoyable experiences for our audiences. Our docents make many of our public programs possible, including School Tours, Family Days, Tot Time and Senior Outreach.

Docents participate in 1-2 training sessions per month on an ongoing basis and are required to give at least 20 tours per year.  Because of the substantial time and study required of Harn docents, this volunteer role tends to be a long-term commitment.  Many of our docents have been working with us for a long time, some for more than 25 years.

New Docent Training Program

Those interested in becoming a Harn docent must submit an application, be accepted and complete a comprehensive New Docent Training Program, offered every other year. Prior art experience is not required as training and mentoring is provided through a series of active, fun and engaging sessions. Download a Docent Program application here.

For more information about the Docent Program, contact Elizabeth King at or 352.294.7061.