Docents are well-trained, highly respected members of The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures education team, who lead tours for all visitors throughout the year and facilitate the use of our hands-on Art Carts in the galleries. Docents also have the opportunity to train to lead Touch Tours for the visually impaired.
The Museum offers tours throughout the year for visitors including early-childhood, elementary through secondary schools, college classes, community clubs and organizations. School tours are thematic and based on Arizona state curriculum standards. Touch Tours are designed to engage the visually impaired (all ages) and are also a tool that can be used when serving groups with mental disabilities. Art Carts provide visitors with the opportunity to pick up and study miniature furniture and accessories, and to place them in a dollhouse or roombox while dialoguing with a docent about the pieces and ideas presented on the cart. The Art Carts are for everyone and are available in the galleries daily.
Docents are imaginative, flexible, eager learners, and good listeners. They engage visitors and enjoy talking with the public and the camaraderie of others. No previous knowledge of miniatures is necessary – however, volunteers with an interest in history, arts and crafts, a genuine desire to learn, and a willingness to share their enthusiasm and enjoyment of miniatures with others are vital! A proficiency in foreign languages, especially Spanish, is a plus.
New docents must complete docent training prior to being able to lead tours to the public. Fall Docent Training takes place on Tuesdays from 9am–12pm September through December (holidays excluded). Spring Docent Training takes place Tuesdays from 9am–12pm January through April. After training, all docents meet the first Tuesday of every month from 9am-12pm.
Observing tours prior to leading a tour is part of the training process.
Additional training is required for leading Touch Tours and presenting Art Carts
- The docent program requires a one year commitment
- Docents are required to become Museum Members
- Attend monthly training sessions
- Lead a minimum of 4 tours per month throughout the year and/or commit to facilitating an Art Cart 2 times per month in addition to leading 2 tours
- Touch Tour require participation on a monthly basis in addition to the above requirements
- All the benefits of annual Museum Membership
- A comprehensive training program that supports lifelong learning
- Docent handbook
- Annual field trip
- Annual holiday and recognition luncheons
- Volunteers who contribute 100 or more hours annually are invited to a Spring Tea with the Founders