DuSable Museum Docent Training Fall 2018 – Winter 2019 Session Announcement

Are you passionate about African American art, history, and culture? Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge of African American art, history, and culture with others? Are you able to commit to one year of volunteer service, beginning in 2019? DuSable Museum has an exciting opportunity for you! 

The museum will be hosting a docent training session December 2018 through March 2019. Join us to learn more about this exciting opportunity to share your passion for African American art, history, and culture and support the mission of the nation’s oldest independent African American history museum. 

Training Sessions Saturdays


Orientation: Saturday December 15

December 2018

22, 29

January 2019


Feb 2019


March 2019


What is a Docent?

Museum docents are community members who engage visitors in stimulating conversations about our exhibitions. They provide engaging educational tours of the museum’s exhibitions to visiting groups of all ages! Our docents at DMAAH are talented, diverse, and exciting group that all share a passion for African American history, art, and culture.  

Are there any prerequisites to becoming a Docent?

Interested potential docents must complete the 10 session training and be committed to the program.  Potential docents must also be able to commit to volunteering one year of service as their schedule fits and submit to a background check. Docents do not need a degree in art, history, or education.  

How many hours a week are the training sessions?

Training sessions take place every Saturday at DMAAH (except for holidays and predetermined off days) from 11am-2pm. Some individual time is spent on assigned readings.

Is there a cost for the docent program?

The docent program at DMAAH is free of charge.

How can I sign up to become a docent?

Complete the volunteer application here then register for the Fall 2018-Winter 2019 training sessions here.