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Docents at the Mint

The Learning & Engagement department of The Mint Museum offers tours to area elementary and secondary school students as well as to other groups ranging from pre-school children to senior citizens.

Docent Program

Docents of The Mint Museum, the volunteer members of the Learning & Engagement department, lead tours and devote time and professional expertise to help visitors understand and enjoy works in the museum collections, the buildings and the special exhibitions. A thorough training program held in weekly sessions prepares new docents with teaching skills and helps develop their knowledge of aesthetics and the Mint's collection. Lectures by staff, curators and artists are supplemented by assigned reading, workshops, observation of tours, presentation of practice tours and continuing education meetings.

Mint Docents are known for their excellence. Their enthusiasm for art and their interest in visitors endow the museum with spirit and warmth. As Mint representatives, they are trained and evaluated by professional standards.

Register now for the 2018-2019 Docent Class

If you have interest in joining as a docent, download  the flyer and fill out our application form .

For questions, please contact Joel Smeltzer

Art of Reading Tours

Bring your book club to the Mint’s Art of Reading Tours. Book clubs who are reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, or The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver can visit the museum for a discussion and tour to bring to life historic events, social customs, and lifestyles depicted in the books.

Book your tour today by contacting Tour Coordinator Julie Olson Anna: or 704.337.2043

Group Size

Art of Reading tours must have no less than 3 participants.

Group Fee

Free for museum members. Free with general admission for non-members.

Visit Schedule

For book clubs: 60- or 90-minute tours are available Wednesday through Sunday.

For individuals: public tours for each book are scheduled quarterly. Visit the museum’s Happenings calendar.

Preparing for Your Visit

All three books are available for sale in the Mint Museum Shops, where members receive a discount. 

Here, you can download discussion guides for Pride and Prejudice ; The Invention of Wings ; and The Lacuna .


Docents are people who have:

  • the ability to communicate effectively with a group
  • an education background, or strong interest in art
  • a warm and friendly attitude