What is a Museum Docent?

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A museum docent is an essential role within a museum's day to day operations. A 'docent' operates much like a museum guide. However, they have received training, and often done their own research on current museum exhibitions. Taking a tour through the museum with a docent allows insight into the exhibition that just reading a label, or observing the materials, may not have been present. 

Docent tours are perfect for families and individuals, and present a human element to the museum experience that can enhance patron's learning and overall enjoyment. 


Become a docent and share your enthusiasm for the Peoria Riverfront Museum!

With over 150,000 guests a year, the Peoria Riverfront Museum welcomes a diverse population from central Illinois and beyond, and provides a completely unique museum experience.

The Peoria Riverfront Museum is a multi-disciplinary museum that hosts exhibitions on art, science, history and achievement. As a museum docent, you will help to inspire our patrons by leading a tour that focuses on imparting a deeper understanding of all of our exhibitions, and providing an unforgettable experience to each and every individual who attends.

You will receive training in the content of all museum exhibitions, and work closely with the museum’s education and engagement team to create fun, educational tours for all ages.

Contact Family and Educator Engagement Coordinator Sadie Helmick for more information.