The word docent, derived from the Latin word docere, means “to teach”—and teach is exactly what docents do best. Docent tour guides are an important resource at The Museum of Flight. They are trained volunteers who study and become experts in specific exhibits and aircraft around the Museum. We ensure all our docents are passionate, approachable and full of incredible knowledge!
Docents interact with visitors, answer questions, conduct aviation and space-related talks, give amazing tours and may be given the opportunity to present school programs.
Through the Museum of Flight Docent Program, volunteers like you can become fully trained docents.
Docent shift availability depends upon the Museum's current needs.
Training & Requirements
Docent training classes will cover in-depth study of exhibits, learning presentation and teaching skills and will include field trips to applicable sites over the course of 12 weeks. To graduate, you must pass a 50-question test, be able to perform a 30-minute tour and you cannot miss more than 2 classes.
- You must have excellent communication skills.
- You must have teaching or public speaking experience.
- You must have a passion for working with diverse groups of children, adults, staff and volunteers.
- You must have the ability to accept supervision and evaluation of your volunteer work.
- You must be 21 years of age or older.
Availability & Price
The next available docent training course will begin in February 2020. Classes occur once a week on Saturdays.
- Material Fee $25
The process for becoming a docent includes a group interview with the Volunteer Program Manager, Volunteer Coordinator, and a member of the Docent Training Committee.
To apply, email Docents@museumofflight.org.