Glessner House depends on volunteers to give tours, conduct research, help care for the collection, and a host of other activities. Please complete the form below or call 312-326-1480 and request more information.


Glessner House relies on volunteers to give tours of the museum to thousands of visitors from all over the world. As a volunteer docent, your job is to lead an exploration of the rich topics the house has to offer. Whether your group is a classroom of school children or people from the neighborhood, there is always the possibility of insightful dialogue and new discoveries—for the visitors and for you!

To prepare volunteers to give tours, Glessner House offers an individualized docent training program that covers architecture, decorative arts and social history. New docent training is held annually over five consecutive Saturdays in late winter/early spring.  The next training will begin on March 2, 2019.  Each morning session begins at 9:30 am and concludes at 12:30 pm. Docents must commit to 24 hours of volunteering per year. Docents lead public tours on afternoons Wednesdays through Sundays, in addition to custom tours which are offered seven days a week.

The Benefits

  • Continuing education programs through the Docent Council

  • Invitations and discounts to lectures, programs and special events

  • 10% off on merchandise in the museum gift shop

  • Annual recognition party

  • The chance to make connections with people who are interested in the same things that you are!

Other Volunteer Opportunities

We also have volunteer opportunities for those with an interest in the museum and our work who may be too busy (or just a bit too shy) to make the docent commitment. We’d love to hear from you, too!

Want to become a Glessner House volunteer? Please complete the volunteer application form below.

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