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Get Involved!

The Johnson Museum is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us better serve the public. Possibilities range from working with school groups, to helping out with family programs, to welcoming Cornell students to the Museum. We give you the tools, just bring a love of art and a strong desire to learn and be a part of a learning environment.


Docents are volunteers who guide visiting groups through the Museum’s collections and exhibitions, and engage them in looking closely and learning through interactive experiences. They lead tours for groups of all ages and backgrounds, from pre-K groups to seniors. Museum educators train the docents on how to present art history in meaningful and effective ways. Educators and curators provide ongoing training in special exhibitions. A strong desire to work with children is required.

Docents are expected to give 35 hours per academic year, and commit to at least two years of service.

In return, docents receive the benefits of Membership, invitations to special events, discounts on workshops, connections to other museums, and the opportunity to audit art history courses at Cornell.

Interested in becoming a docent? Training sessions generally happen each fall. Download an application below, and contact Sara Ferguson for more information.

Johnson Museum of Art Docent and Volunteer Application (Adobe PDF) 


Program volunteers assist educators at public programs. Duties include assisting with art activities and greeting the public. Classroom volunteers assist educators during workshops at the Museum, particularly with the OMNI program. On occasion, volunteers in high school and college help out with general office support in order to learn about career opportunities in art museums.

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Download an application below, and contact Elizabeth Saggese for more information.

Johnson Museum of Art Docent and Volunteer Application (Adobe PDF)