Docents are tour guides who are specially trained to educate and interact with museum visitors about art through the Museum’s exhibitions and collections. Docents are an integral part of the Museum’s mission, which strives to stimulate visitors’ appreciation and understanding of the visual arts.

The ideal docent is a person with a passion for art and education and who enjoys having conversations with people from all walks of life. Prior teaching experience and knowledge of art history are helpful but not required. All interested adults ages 21 and older who are able to make the time commitment to serve as a docent are invited to apply.

The Museum provides opportunities for docents to participate as either weekday or weekend guides. Docents will receive continuing and exhibition specific training. They must make an initial commitment of one year, attend training sessions as offered, and participate in an evaluation process. Training sessions will be offered on weekend mornings and evenings.

Please contact the Museum’s Director of Education, Margaret Buhr, at (563) 557-1851 for further information or to request a docent application.


Share your time and talents by becoming a Museum volunteer. The Museum needs volunteers in the following areas:

  • Welcoming visitors and answering the telephone (Wednesday-Friday, once a week, shifts from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 1:00 to 5:00 PM).
  • Helping with the after-school art program, serving as a docent, and performing administrative tasks including typing, computer data entry, mailing, filing, and organizing.


Through its strong ties with area colleges and universities, the Dubuque Museum of Art offers internship opportunities in the fall and spring semesters to qualified undergraduate students in the areas of education, exhibition design and installation, and collections management.

For more information, please contact Margaret Buhr, Director of Education, at 563.557.1851