New Docent Training at the Hood Museum

Museum docents are volunteer educators. The word "docent" comes from the Latin docere, to teach. The Hood Museum of Art's docents are an extraordinary group of welcoming, dedicated, and highly trained facilitators. Their goal is to help visitors engage in meaningful ways with works of art.

Docents train for two consecutive terms on the museum's collection and best practices in museum education before leading tours for K-12 audiences and adult visitors. They then commit on an ongoing basis to one morning of training and one day of teaching per week throughout the school year. The work is challenging, inspiring, and extremely rewarding.

Docents are an invaluable resource to the Hood Museum and the community. If you would like to join this energetic and dynamic group, consider applying to the museum's volunteer docent program.

Docent Program Information Sessions

The museum will host two information sessions for community members who are interested in learning more about the docent program. At these events, museum educators will model methods docents and staff use with tour groups, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions and talk with current docents and education staff over light refreshments. Both information sessions take place at the museum.

Preregistration for each information session is required, click here to register. You may also register by calling the museum's education department at (603) 646-1469.

Information Session Dates:

  • Saturday, February 22, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, February 25, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

What does being a docent entail?

The following materials will provide potential applicants with a comprehensive picture of what participation in the docent program entails, both during the initial training period and, after successfully completing the initial training, when volunteering as an active docent at the Hood. Being a docent involves a significant investment of time and energy; it is not for everyone. However, for those for whom it is a good fit, it is a deeply rewarding experience.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Docent Program

Overview of the Docent Program

Description on Initial Training

Application Process and Timeline

The Hood Museum of Art will begin training a new group of volunteer docents on April 1, 2020. We invite all interested to review the information provided here and consider applying. The application deadline is March 9, 2020.

*In order to apply you must attend an information session.

A projected timeline for the application review and selection process:

  • March 9: Applications due.
  • March 12–20: Selected candidates interviewed.
  • March 24: All applicants notified as to whether or not they have been accepted into the program.
  • April 1: New docent training begins.

How to Apply to the Hood's Docent Program

Click here to download an application form.

If you have questions regarding the docent program or the application process, please feel free to contact Neely McNulty, Hood Foundation Associate Curator of Education, at