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The Museum needs enthusiastic people who enjoy public speaking and working with a variety of museum patrons of all ages, especially school‐aged children. Docents must have a sincere interest in art and history, though no formal background is required in either subject area. 

Becoming a San Antonio Museum of Art Docent is a commitment:

Interviews: Before the entering the training program, candidates participate in a group interview and learn about the program from active docents.  The next interview/preview sessions will take place 

Orientation and training: New docents entering the program must attend a five-day New Docent Orientation. Following orientation, weekly training classes are held on Mondays from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. throughout the school year. Trainings focus on the Museum's collection, age‐appropriate tour techniques, inquiry methods, and gallery activities. 

Time commitment: Candidates must be able to commit at least three years to the program.

Year 1: Participate in weekly training

Year 2: Participate in monthly training sessions focused on tour development and lead school tours at least one half‐day per school day week 

Year 3+: Participate in monthly continuing education trainings and lead school tours at least one half‐day per school day week 

Knowledge: Become proficient in all school tour themes offered by the education department, covering every collection area in the Museum.

Email access: Maintain email contact and internet access.

Membership: Become a Museum Member at your preferred level.

To apply, please complete this application and send background check form to with the subject line DOCENT APPLICATION (YOUR FULL NAME).

If you have questions or would like to learn more about becoming a docent at the San Antonio Museum of Art, please contact Tripp Cardiff, Docent Program Manager:


Phone: 210.978.8141

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