Guild, Volunteers & Docents


The South Dakota Art Museum has a variety of volunteer opportunities that are both interesting and fulfilling. Some volunteer positions interact with museum visitors while others may work behind the scenes. Whatever the job, everyone performs a service to the museum that cannot be measured in dollars and cents.

Volunteer commitment has allowed the museum to improve visitor experiences by expanding programs, generating community involvement and support, and assisting museum staff in daily operations.

South Dakota Art Museum Guild Members

Guild members are a valuable resource as volunteers and supporters of the museum. They maintain an active schedule of events as well as volunteer in various aspects of the museum. Click here to see the Guild program schedule and officers. 


Museum volunteer discussing a piece of artwork to a group of visitors

Each year hundreds of school children, University students and adults from South Dakota and the region tour the museum. Trained docents lead tours specially tailored to the age and interests of each group.

The South Dakota Art Museum has a docent team that delivers information-packed, educational tours. The requirements to become a docent include a love of art, people and an interest in expanding intellectual inquiry. Docents are instructed in learning theory, as well as tour themes and techniques. All docents will be trained thoroughly prior to giving tours.

Prospective docents are always welcome to join our team. If you are interested in becoming a docent contact us by email or by phone: 605-688-5423 or 866-805-7590 toll free.