What is a Docent?

A Docent is a subject expert who dedicates their time to the Museum. They guide visitors on captivating tours and provide answers to their questions, ranging from the location of the nearest restroom to what makes the Blackbird so cool. 

At The Museum of Flight, Docents conduct public and private tours, help with field trips, do on the spot interpretation, and facilitate positive visitor experiences. Docents make the knowledge within our Museum accessible to a wider audience. 

Training and Time Commitment

If you don’t know anything about planes or space, no problem! Docents receive extensive training on our exhibits and have plenty of resources to learn more. 

The Docent position requires a large time commitment, especially during training. The training provided (Docent Basic) is 12 weeks of four hour classes (synchronous, in person), plus the additional time required to complete assignments and do research. After graduation, Docents will be assigned to a regular four-hour shift that works with their schedule. Docents are expected to be on site in the Docent position weekly for the first six months. After that, Docents may reduce to two shifts per month.  

The Docent Basic class gives an overview of the Museum, basic skills required to be a Docent, Museum policies and procedures, and information to use on Great Gallery tours. To qualify to give tours in other galleries, we offer continuing education courses on a two-year schedule. Docents are highly encouraged to do their own research and craft unique tours. 


  • Curiosity and a desire to learn and help others learn 
  • Interest in space, flight, engineering, history, education, or museums 
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills 
  • Able to maintain a calm, pleasant, and welcoming demeanor in a variety of situations  
  • Able to listen and communicate with people of diverse backgrounds and ages  
  • Public speaking skills 
  • At least 21 years of age 

Schedule and Fees:

The next Docent Training Class will take place in 2024. 

Dates: February 24, 2024 - May 12, 2024 (12 weeks total)
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Every Saturday)

Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 31st

Materials Fee: $25

Note: The class will be easier for you if you have prior knowledge of how the Museum operates. We recommend volunteering in another position to increase your familiarity with the Museum while you wait for the Docent class.

Learn More about the Museum’s Volunteer Program

Have questions? Contact us at Volunteers@museumofflight.org or visit one of the following webpages:

Volunteer Opportunities

Become A Gallery Ambassador

Become A Pavilion Ambassador