The Docent Program

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art's Docent Program is known for the quality of its training program as well as for the excellence, enthusiasm and dedication of its membership.

What is a Docent?
A docent is a volunteer teacher who serves the Museum and the community as an art educator.

What Do Docents Do?
Docents act as tour guides for children and adults visiting the Museum. They give curriculum-based slide talks at schools and follow-up classes in the Museum's galleries, and give gallery talks to adult visitors. Docents attend twice monthly meetings that include slide lectures and workshops as part of the program of ongoing professional development.

How Do I Join?
For more information about the Docent Program, please call 805.884.6441 or email


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