Docents at The Ringling love to learn and love sharing what they have learned with others.
Historically, docents talked about objects in museums while visitors listened. But, today’s docents do so much more than just talk. They create conversation-based tours for visitors of all ages that are centered on The Ringling’s collections. During the 2011–2012 fiscal year, an estimated 107,000 visitors participated in tours led by Ringling docents.
A significant commitment is required to be a docent at The Ringling. In addition to the initial training course, docents take part in regularly scheduled continuing education trainings on tour techniques, the collections, and special exhibitions. Docents also participate in quarterly general meetings and commit to providing 75 hours of service annually.
Docents help to facilitate a richer, more rewarding experience for visitors to The Ringling. If you are interested in preserving and sharing the Ringling Legacy and are seeking a deeply engaging volunteer opportunity, we hope you will consider applying during our next recruitment.
Please contact the Volunteer Services Department for information about becoming involved as a docent or volunteering in other areas.
This program is supported in part with funds provided by the Docent Memorial Fund and the Dorothy Ellin Endowment.