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PhippenVolunteersVolunteers are the heart and soul of the Phippen Museum and the reason we exist. So bring your experience, training and skills to the museum and learn about our many volunteer opportunities. Our volunteer corps needs men and women who can serve in these areas:

  • Visitor liaison (front desk, three-hour shifts)
  • Museum store
  • Hospitality committee
  • Volunteer liaison
  • Education
  • Facilities team
  • Building and grounds
  • Office assistance
  • Permanent collection
  • Western Art Show & Sale

...or join the Phippen Museum's Docent Program.

Phippen Art Museum Docents are volunteer museum educators who share their love of the art and heritage of the American West with children and adults at the museum, in schools and throughout our community.

PhippenDocentPhippen Docent touring local schoolchildrenWhat is a Docent?

A docent is a teacher and tour guide, serving the museum and the community in the field of art education, and more specifically, the art & heritage of the American West. Along with providing continuing art education for individual members and guests, the museum's Docent Program contributes in a variety of ways within the museum and throughout Yavapai County by way of our Outreach Program.

What does a Docent do?

Docents serve as tour guides for children and adults visiting the museum, and contribute to research and on-going educational programs and events.

How do I become a Phippen Museum Docent?

A willingness to engage the public and to share information are the hallmarks of the docent. Prior experience with public speaking or a background in education are pluses, but a background in art history is not a requirement. The most important criteria are an interest in the West and Western art, and the desire to share this interest with others.

Docent training is largely self-directed, with instruction and instructional material provided by Master Docents, and the Phippen Museum’s education and curatorial staff. Docents are invited to use the resources of the Museum’s research library, and an integral part of training involves participation in exhibit pre-opening orientations in which staff and docents have the opportunity to communicate directly with participating artists.

Want to learn more about the Museum's Docent Program?

To become a Docent, or for more information, please contact the museum at (928)778-1385, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

And to honor all our amazing volunteers, we have Volunteer Potluck Dinners here at the museum during the year to show our apprecaition and discuss the latest happenings at the museum.

To volunteer at the Phippen, please fill out an online volunteer application, or stop by the museum. And if you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Brenda Smith, at (928)778-1385 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..