MAD Docent Program

Docents are highly dedicated volunteers who act as frontline educators and interpreters of MAD’s mission and exhibitions. Docents use inquiry-based and dialogue-driven engagement strategies to explain curatorial ideas and help build deeper, more meaningful connections with the public.

All docent candidates participate in a five-month training program. This training program includes eight sessions held at the Museum and individualized training with a docent mentor. Successful completion of a certification tour, which is conducted by the Docent Program Manager, is required for participation in the MAD Docent Program.

Required Duties

  • Complete docent training, including the successful completion of a certification tour.
  • Conduct a minimum of 28 tours per year or roughly two per month.
  • Attend monthly Docent Corps meetings, which generally are held the first Monday of each month from 12:30 to 3 pm.
  • Attend curator-led tours and study groups during exhibition changeovers. These are held on weekdays during regular Museum hours (10 am to 6 pm). A flexible weekday schedule, therefore, is necessary for successful participation.
  • Assist with research preparation and group training when needed

To Apply

We are not currently accepting applications to the Docent Program. If you are interested in becoming a docent in the future, please email to be added to our outreach list.