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Our mission

The mission of the Milwaukee Art Museum is to collect and preserve art, and to present it to the community as a vital source of inspiration and education. Without the contributions of our employees, volunteers, support groups, and others in our community, this would not be possible.


The dedicated group of well-trained volunteer docents continues to be one of the Museum’s most valuable resources. Docents lead thousands of school-age visitors, and also adult visitors, through the Museum’s galleries each year. Tours can be tailored to school, special interest, and professional groups. The ongoing docent-training program is much like an ongoing art education class, where you will continue to learn and grow.

The most important qualities you need to become a docent are a love of art and people, and the ability to commit a significant amount of time. Docents are asked to commit at least five years to the program, including one year of training. As a docent, you will be asked to lead at least 35 tours per year. Although no prior art knowledge is necessary, a desire to learn and teach is essential.

No membership dues, but docents must maintain memberships at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Interested in learning more? Contact us at or call 414-224-3827.

The Burke Brise Soleil against a blue sky
The Burke Brise Soleil against a blue sky

We are hiring. Join our team of passionate Museum professionals.

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Volunteer opportunities

The Milwaukee Art Museum offers a variety of rewarding volunteer opportunities that enrich the visitor experience. The Museum’s volunteer program is diverse and flexible, ranging from one-time special events to regular twice-monthly shifts.

Current Volunteers

Make your own schedule! The volunteer program at the Milwaukee Art Museum uses a web-based scheduling system. Current volunteers may access Volgistics from home or at the Museum.

Log on to Volgistics, our volunteer management system, in order to:

  • Sign up for shifts
  • Check and update your schedule
  • Read volunteer updates, including volunteer newsletters and special events
  • Update your contact information
  • View your service history

Need assistance with Volgistics? Check out this video tutorial.

Occasional Volunteering

To learn more about upcoming volunteer opportunities, please email