The Museum of Glass is an ever-changing environment, so the excitement never ends. Our exhibitions change regularly, so the art never gets stagnant and our docents get many opportunities to learn about new artists, their work and processes. 

Docents support the Museum’s commitment to providing all visitors (students, seniors, adults and children) with a positive, engaging experience and an opportunity to find personal relevance and meaning in contemporary art.  All docents are trained and have the opportunity to participate in workshops to enhance their presentation skills and learn about art history, contemporary art and the museum world, science of art, and the glass making process.  We offer detailed training sessions for each new exhibition, and our docents often get the opportunity to meet the artists and ask them questions in person.

Docents play many different roles at the Museum of Glass.  Many educational spaces are staffed with docents to present tours or information specific to that area.  During the training period, docents may choose the area or areas in which they would like to work.

  • Gallery Tours — lead tours for adult groups, students and the general public
  • Grand Hall — serve as greeters and assist Visitor Services staff
  • Outdoor Tours — lead tours of the outdoor art installations, including the Chihuly Bridge of Glass
  • Education Studio— assist visitors and school groups with a hands-on art project
  • Chihuly Walking Tours— lead tour groups to local Chihuly installation within the Museum District

The Docent Association and Docent Council

Every docent is a member of the Museum of Glass Docent Association, with a governing body called the Docent Council.  Any docent in the Association can run for a seat on the Council.  Elections for Council positions are held on an annual basis.

Volunteer of the Year Award

Each year, the Museum of Glass Docent Association chooses one person who has gone above and beyond in support of the Museum and the docent program.  The recipient of this prestigious award is chosen and announced in December, and their name is added to a plaque.

Fun with the Museum of Glass Docents

All work and no play is no way to live!  Our docents have several social activities each year.  Besides two or three parties and recognition events, docents often go on field trips to visit other museums, galleries and studios.

Docent Training Sessions

The training program includes having an individual mentor and consists of three segments: training, independent study, and shadowing. There are no prerequisites for docent training.

  • Training: Mandatory three-hour training programs. Dates coming soon.
  • Independent Study: Docents should spend additional time on their own studying the galleries and observing in the Hot Shop. They should also use additional resources, such as the website and the docent library.
  • Shadowing: Docents-in-training follow experienced docents during tours to observe guiding techniques.

Time commitment: After completing training, docents are scheduled for tours as well as half-day gallery shifts according to their availability and MOG's specific needs. We encourage 75 hours of service per year, but the amount of time a docent contributes to the Museum is flexible.


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