MPM tour guides, known as Docents, are highly trained volunteers.

This group of dedicated individuals is responsible for providing great tours to school groups and the public. In addition, they have a unique permission to interpret their chosen exhibits to the general public.

Training can be demanding, but is also rewarding. You will have the chance to delve into one of your interests in a way that gives back to the community. Imagine sharing your love of Milwaukee history, rainforest ecology, or dinosaurs with dozens of fascinated students!

Training is a nine-month process, starting with four all-day Saturday sessions. Docent trainees will research a gallery and create their own unique tour for that gallery.

The 2018 Docent Training Class has already begun. Enrollment for the 2019 Docent Training Class is extremely limited. To enroll, please e-mail Amanda Kopp at to check availability and be added to the list. You must complete 48 hours of volunteering by July 31, 2019 to retain your place in the program.

  • Attendance at all-day training sessions held the second Saturday of the month September-December from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Availability to lead school groups after completion.
  • Complete one unique tour for your area and one 15-minute window interpretation by February 15.
  • Ability to interpret full galleries for guests.
  • Permission to lead school and public tours.
  • Invitations to participate in docent-exclusive events, including Streets and European Village Alive!, the annual docent outing, and fun development classes throughout the year.