Thank you for your interest in becoming a Lyman Allyn Art Museum docent! Admission to the 2017 docent class is now closed. All new applications will be held until a new orientation is scheduled. Please click here to email the Director of Education to add your name to our application waitlist.
Your Guide to Becoming a Docent
What are Docents?
Docents at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum are trained volunteers who serve as guides and educators who engage visitors in an active discussion about works of art in the museum. The English word itself is derived from the Latin word docēre, to teach.
Who is eligible to become a docent?
Any adult who is interested in the Lyman Allyn, and has an enthusiasm for art, history and working with the public. Prior art, history and teaching experience are not required.
What do docents do?
Docents conduct tours of both the Museum’s permanent collections and special exhibitions. Tours are prearranged through the Education Department and serve audiences of all ages and interests.
Docents receive extensive training in New London, regional, and the Museum’s history, our permanent and special exhibitions, as well as a foundation for leading tours for all ages. To ensure that both the Museum and docents make the most of the training, we ask for a two (2) year commitment, attendance in bi-monthly meetings from September through June, and a minimum of 12 hours of service each year. All active docents will be eligible for Docent Benefits. Bi-lingual, especially Spanish, is a plus but is not required. A history with art, children and/or the public is a bonus.
Click here to access the application for the program. All new applications are accepted ongoing and will be held until a new orientation is scheduled.
A variety of tour opportunities exist within the docent program including school tours, general interest tours, tours of special exhibitions, museum special events and others.
For more information or to sign up for the training, please contact the Education Department at 860-443-2545 x2110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.