Volunteer Docent Training

Haggin Museum Docents make connections with visitors, students, art & history, the community, and more! Join our community of docents—today!

Haggin Museum docents provide a valuable service on behalf of the museum by leading tours, guiding visitors on the weekends, leading programs in school classrooms, helping with special events, and much more.

Participation in the Docent Program at the Haggin provides opportunities for continuing education and personal growth through field trips, training, tours, guest lectures, and a variety of social events. As a part of the team at a world-class museum, docents build a supportive community of colleagues and friends as they give back to the community through education.

Interested in becoming a docent? Download the application below.

The Haggin Museum Education Department is proud to serve our community with trained volunteer docents who provide free museum tours and school site programs. On occasion, we welcome high school and college volunteers to help with family programs and workshops.

Participants must become museum members and pay a materials fee for each training course. Please contact the Education Department at (209) 940-6315 or for more information and to find out when the next docent training class begins.

Tours and Programs at the Haggin Museum

 Theme Tours

Docent-led tours feature themes that have been developed in conjunction with grade-appropriate curriculum content. They unite exhibits in both the art and history galleries under big ideas while accommodating student interests.

Tours with other themes may be requested when booking your tour. Just ask the Education Assistant when you call to make arrangements.

  • Immigrants from Around the World Built Our Community
  • Let’s Play
  • People Make the Difference in Our Community
  • Our Valley – A Land of Plenty
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Little Ones Art Tour

This interactive tour for children from preschool to 1st grade introduces little ones to the museum and uses a variety of activities to engage young viewers. It is suitable for one class of 20—30 children at a time. The one-hour tour includes:

  • Introduction to the museum
  • A conversation about art elements
  • Guided look at paintings in the Haggin Collection
  • Storytelling
  • Hands-on art project
Little Ones Art Tour

How To Book A Tour or Program

If you are interested in booking a tour or program, please fill out the Request Form in its entirety and e-mail it to at least three weeks in advance of your desired date. During certain times of the year, tours are in high demand and availability may be limited. Request forms will be processed in the order they are received, and it make take up to 2 business weeks for your request to receive a response. If you have any questions, please contact the Education Department at (209) 940-6332.

We can accommodate up to 60 children per one-hour tour at the museum. If your group is larger than that, we will make arrangements for additional tours. Plan to bring at least one adult per 10  children for your tour. The tour group may only be in the building during the hour booked for the tour. We do not have room to accommodate waiting groups inside the museum.

Volunteers - Docent led tour at the Haggin

docents come to your school

Bring the museum into your classroom with a presentation specially designed by the Haggin Education Department and Docents. Choose from either a Slide Show presentation or a Museum2Schools program listed below.

Slide Show

Museum Docents come to your classroom and present an engaging digital slide show. Choose between three programs: California Indians, a General Introduction to the Museum, or All Star Artists at the Haggin Museum. Suitable for any age, these presentations can be made to any size group.

Museum2Schools Programs

Acorn Making  •  3rd grade

This hands-on program shares the importance of the acorn to Native People with pictures, acorn pounding, a sequencing activity, and a game of chance.

Looking at Horses in Art  •  3 – 4th grade

Docents introduce the theme of horses in art using images from the Haggin Collection and other museums. Then they lead an interactive discussion making connections between time periods and cultures and the students’ own experiences. The program concludes with a drawing lesson.

Looking at Young People in Art  •  5 – 8th grade

Docents present a digital slide show and conduct an interactive discussion about the depiction of young people, their families, friends, and feelings in art. Additionally, the class creates an expressive self-portrait.

History’s Mysteries  •  3 – 5th grade

History’s Mysteries is presented by Docents in your classroom or after-school program. Students learn about California history using objects circa 1900 and relating them to items used today. The program was used direct observation, a game and activity.

Making Space  •  3 – 7th grade NEW!!

Making Space explores how artists create the illusion of space in art with a digital slide show and conversation. Students learn how technique contributes to the meaning of the art and use their understanding of pictorial space to create landscape drawings of their own.



On the 2nd Saturday of each month, we hold a hands-on event for families with children ages 5-12. Activities include art projects, interactive programs and Museum-wide events. Reservations are not required, but seating is available on a first come, first served basis. The Museum supplies all materials and activities are included with regular Museum admission.

Contact the education department (209) 940-6315 or for more information.

Visit our events page for a listing of 2nd Saturday classes.

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Are you looking for something fun to do with your family? Visit our Resources page for educational at home activities the whole family will enjoy! There you’ll find coloring pages featuring paintings from the Haggin collection and video instructions for fun and easy projects to do at home.

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