Become a Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Wharton Esherick Museum! Our primary volunteer need is for individuals to join our museum docent team. Docents are tour guides specially trained to educate and interact with Wharton Esherick Museum visitors of all ages about the complex life and legacy of artist Wharton Esherick, commonly considered a major figure in twentieth-century art, craft, architecture, and design and the father of the Studio Furniture Movement. Docents do this work through interpreting the rich resources of the Wharton Esherick Museum, which range from a robust collection of artworks by Esherick; Esherick’s idiosyncratic home and studio; archives, photography, and ephemera relevant to Esherick’s story; and exhibitions and programs that emphasize Esherick’s ongoing relevance to contemporary artists and art lovers.

Docents are an essential part of the Museum’s team, enhancing the visitor experience and enabling the museum to welcome more visitors through its doors. Through our docents, we are better able to share Esherick’s rich legacy with interested audiences. Our docents are an incredible team of Esherick enthusiasts with a special connection to this place. We routinely gather together for ongoing trainings, to share ideas and feedback, enjoy each other’s company and even take field trips!

Everyone interested is encouraged to apply. Successful docents have a passion for the Museum and enjoy sharing that with people of all backgrounds. Prior teaching experience and knowledge of art history is helpful but not required. Applicants should be comfortable with public speaking and available to lead at least one tour a week.

The Museum provides engaging training with written materials, discussion, and shadowing current docents and staff as they lead tours. Training can take about two months to successfully prepare to serve as a docent, and we ask that docents make a two-year commitment after completing their training.

While the majority of our volunteer needs are for Museum docents to lead tours of the Studio, we also have opportunities for volunteers interested in gardening and landscaping, and assisting with our Museum collections.

Download Docent Application

Please email this completed application and your resume, if you are providing one, to maria@whartonesherickmuseum.org.

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