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  • High Museum of Art Docents provide guided tours and in-gallery talks to a wide range of audiences. Dedicated to art and education. Docents are the first faces many of our visitors see and are essential in creating a meaningful and memorable Museum experience. Currently, the High has over 140 docents who serve the Museum, collectively conducting approximately 2000 tours each year.


    To become a docent at the High Museum of Art, volunteer candidates must commit to an intensive one-year training program. Classes generally meet twice a month on Wednesday mornings, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. throughout the academic year (late August/September 2015-May 2016). Candidates are trained on teaching and touring techniques, grade specific tours, the Museum's collections, new acquisitions, changing exhibitions, art history, and art education. Candidates are required to complete a variety of written and oral assignments and pass a qualifying tour in order to become an active docent.

    After graduating from the one-year training program, we ask for a two-year service commitment. Yearly tour requirements may vary depending on your chosen status, and the High will work with you to match your tour preferences and availability to the needs of the Museum and our visitors. Exhibition training continues weekly or bi-weekly for the duration of your service as a docent.