Make a Difference! Volunteer at The Heckscher Museum.

Docent Handbook & Application
Museum Volunteer Application
Become a Docent

Docents bring artwork to life for visitors!

What is a Docent?

The word docent derives from the Latin docere, which means to teach. Docent volunteers are a vital part of The Heckscher Museum of Art Education and Public Programs Department. Through the sharing of knowledge, docents bring the artwork on view to life for museum visitors. Enthusiasm, a desire to learn, and commitment are a few of the valuable characteristics of a docent.

At The Heckscher Museum, docents play a variety of roles including acting as Docents-in-the-Gallery to answer visitor questions, leading gallery tours, and assisting Museum staff at public programs.

Who can become a Docent?

Docents come from many different backgrounds and experiences. What is most important is to have a love of art, a love of learning, and a love of sharing with others. The Museum always welcomes new docent volunteers to join the team!

Become a Museum Volunteer

Visitor Services Desk

Enjoy working with people?  Have an hour or more per week to volunteer? Become a Visitor Services volunteer in the Museum.  Responsibilities include greeting visitors, collecting admission fees/donations, and providing general information about the Museum, exhibitions, and membership.  Training is provided.  Candidates with multilingual skills are especially welcome.  Visitor Services volunteers serve on weekdays and weekends. 

Office Assistant

Office volunteers assemble mailings and work with staff to prepare for events and special projects. Flexible hours helpful.

Exhibition Opening Hospitality Host

Hospitality hosts join Museum staff for Opening Receptions to setup, greet guests, and serve beverages. Evening hours required.


Interested in Internship Opportunities? Learn more

Questions? Call 631.351.3250 or e-mail volunteer@heckscher.org


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