The Dennos Museum Center

Materials for Volunteer Docents

What's A Docent?

A docent is a volunteer trained to facilitate learning in the galleries. Many docents come from teaching backgrounds, but the only requirements are an appetite for learning about the arts and sciences along with a readiness to share that learning with students, teachers, and other groups who tour the Museum. Docents are expected to complete several months of training in the fall, and commit to volunteering for at least two years. For more information, visit the Volunteering page.

About This Page

This page contains useful documents and forms for volunteer docents who lead tours at the Dennos. Many of the resources here will also complement a classroom teacher's art lessons, and are available for that use as well.

Files are provided in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. Generally, you should be able to just click on a file and have it appear on your computer; however, if you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat reader, download it at this link.

Questions? Call Jason Dake, Curator of Education at (231)995-1029.


  • Dennos Museum Center Volunteer Manual (PDF)
  • Dennos Museum Center Docent Handbook (PDF)
  • Tour Procedures (PDF)
  • Top Touring Tips from Dennos Museum Center Docents (PDF)

Docent Forms (updated Feb 2016)

  • Tour Registration Form (PDF)
  • Pre-Visit Docent Tour Outline (PDF)
  • Tour Evaluation - Teacher (PDF)
  • Tour Evaluation - Group (PDF)
  • Tour Evaluation - Docent (PDF)
  • Volunteer Activity Report Instructions (PDF)
  • Tour Shadow Form (PDF)

Tour Planning

  • Tour Planning Worksheet (PDF)
  • Multiple Intelligence Activities (PDF)

Inuit Tour Documents

  • Introduction to the Inuit (PDF)

Online Resources

Artists in the Dennos Collection

Fun Stuff for Rainy Days

It Begins Within

Mon-Sat 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sun 1–5 p.m.
Thurs - Open until 8 p.m.
Closed on major holidays

Adults $6
Children $4
NMC Students FREE with ID
Museum members FREE

If you are planning to attend an event at the Dennos Museum Center and have a disability requiring any special assistance, please notify us at or (231) 995-1055 as soon as possible.