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Our Volunteers!

The Bryan Museum owes much of its success to the volunteers who donate their time and talents. Volunteers bring skills, life experience, and energy to supporting the Museum's mission and the work of its staff.

The Bryan Museum is looking for enthusiastic individuals who are interested in history and culture. Whether you are comfortable hosting tours or would prefer to help out behind the scenes, if you are looking for a rewarding, enriching experience, then volunteering at The Bryan Museum is for you.

Docent Volunteer of the Month, February 2017
Randy McDonald
Docent Volunteer of the Month
March 2017
Guest Services Volunteer of the Month, February 2017
Charlette Kachelmeyer
Guest Services Volunteer of the Month
March 2017

Volunteer Program

There are two types of volunteers at The Bryan Museum: guest services volunteers, who welcome our visitors and assist with Museum activities, and docent volunteers, who act as gallery guides and tour guides.

Guest Services Volunteer

All volunteers at The Bryan Museum begin as guest services volunteers. Guest services volunteers provide the initial welcome to our visitors, help them navigate the Museum, assist at the Ticket Counter and The Bryan Museum Shop when needed, and help with the preparation and execution of special Museum events. With further training and experience, a guest services volunteer may become a docent.

Docent Volunteer

The term "docent" originates from the Latin word docēns, the present active participle of docēre, meaning to teach, to lecture. The term is also used at some universities to designate those who have the right to teach.

Docents perform the important function of introducing, teaching, and deepening the experience of the exhibitions for guests of all ages. Docents engage guests by leading tours and creating discussion in the galleries.

Gallery Guides

Stationed in the galleries, gallery guides help educate our self-guided tour guests by creating discussion and answering questions.

Tour Guides

Tour guides lead groups of guests through the galleries and present the full history of the exhibits on display.


For more information about becoming a volunteer, please call Tyra Brunz, Volunteer Coordinator, at (409) 220‑3316 or email her.

Become A Volunteer—Apply Now!
Your Investment
  • Commit to at least 3 shifts per month (2‑2½ hours per shift).
  • Invest time into training (up to 20 hours for docent tour guides).
  • Attend required meetings and participate in continuing education.
The Perks!
  • Meet interesting people.
  • Grow your knowledge.
  • Share your passion for the history and art of Texas and the American West.
  • Participate in the further development of what is already recognized as a world-class museum.
  • Receive a discount in The Bryan Museum Shop.
  • Receive 5 complimentary guest passes to the Museum.
  • Be invited to the annual Volunteer Service Recognition Party, social gatherings, and Museum events.
Volunteers of the Month, 2017
Month Docent Guest Services
January Jo Rader Earl McLaughlin
February Jack Evins Dennis Pachulski