Become a Docent

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The Parthenon is always looking for outgoing individuals who love art and history to be the exciting link between Greek and Nashville history, American art, and our community. Our Docent training program will provide the tools needed for volunteers to give tours to school groups, adult groups, and individuals. Docents will field questions, facilitate cart programs in museum galleries, give directions, and act as ambassadors for the Parthenon, Centennial Park, and Nashville.

The Docent training program is free and open to the public; no background in history or art is necessary, just a love of learning and sharing with others. We will give you the tools to lead memorable museum tours and help visitors learn while exploring the museum. For more information on the next Docent training program, please contact Parthenon Director of Education, Katie Petrole at Katherine.Petrole@Nashville.gov. Additional training sessions will be held throughout the year for temporary exhibits and continuing education on permanent museum content.

Our focus is always the visitor’s experience. Docents represent the Parthenon, Centennial Park Conservancy, and Metro Parks. We strive to ensure that museum guests of all ages will have a fun, educational, and memorable visit. Thank you for your interest in providing learning experiences for over 300,000 Parthenon visitors every year!

Training topics include:

  • Ancient Greece

  • Greek Mythology

  • American Art

  • Nashville History

  • Museum Interpretation

Docent Policies Expectations:

  • All Docents must pass a required background check.

  • Docents are expected to work two 4-hour shifts per month. Your volunteer shift may include a variety of activities including leading a registered group tour, staffing an Art Cart, study time, offering pop-up public tours, or informal hosting in a gallery.

  • Docents are expected to attend occasional exhibition trainings, and will be given study time during volunteer shifts to stay current on museum programming and Parthenon-related news and research.

  • Docents must communicate in advance with the Parthenon staff if they are not able to make their volunteer shift.

  • Docents must check in/out a volunteer badge at the front desk before and after each shift.

  • Docents must check in with museum staff before beginning their shift.

  • Docents are expected to track and record interaction numbers, where applicable.

  • Docents may not handle money at the front desk or in the museum store.

Docents automatically become members of the Centennial Park Conservancy. Members receive free admission to the Parthenon, discounts in the Museum Store, discounted ECHO tickets, a quarterly newsletter, and more.

For additional questions, please contact Parthenon Director of Education, Katie Petrole at Katherine.Petrole@Nashville.gov.

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