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.
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.
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.
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.
Stationed in the galleries, gallery guides help educate our self-guided tour guests by creating discussion and answering questions.
Tour guides lead groups of guests through the galleries and present the full history of the exhibits on display.