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Our Volunteers
The Palace of the Governors/New Mexico History Museum docent program is an exciting and rewarding experience for all who volunteer and for the visitors they guide through the museum. Docents are essential to our program because they bring the history of New Mexico alive in give-and-take exchanges on the events and people that have shaped our state.

Our Appreciation
Volunteers benefit by receiving free admission to all Department of Cultural Affairs’ museums and monuments; discounts at the Museum of New Mexico Foundation shops; special lectures and gallery talks; a monthly, on-line information packet; and opportunities to expand their educational experiences.

Our Training Program
Docents are volunteer guides who provide group-learning experiences in the form of museum tours and demonstrations. Docents learn tour techniques, interact with museum staff, preview new exhibitions, attend private lectures, read contemporary theories, and access behind-the-scenes aspects of museum life. After completion of an extensive training course, docents select times that suit their individual schedules and can then begin touring visitors.

Our Contacts
The volunteer coordinator at has information about current volunteer positions and also plans to expand the docent program and volunteer opportunities with the New Mexico History Museum. Email your name, phone number and email address, and we will let you know when our next scheduled training begins.

Rene Harris rene.harris@state.nm.us

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