Gallery Docent

Gallery Docents at BIMA help perform an important volunteer function of the art museum: welcoming and introducing visitors to the work in BIMA’s galleries. Docents are liaisons to the exhibits and share firsthand knowledge about art, while inviting the public to become curious and informed viewers.


Support BIMA’s exhibitions by hosting museum visitors and helping to oversee the art on display, either working alone or with a partner. Typically, Gallery Docents work on one of two floors, but may rotate with others as feasible. BIMA provides trainings—both in-person and by Zoom—and supplies diverse reading materials and related books to be shared with visitors. Docents also help the Curatorial Staff to assess the success of information offered to visitors—we always encourage your observations and requests for further information. Docents are supported daily by the Curatorial Staff and others in the main building.
A student group enjoys a free docent-led field trip during BIMA's show commemorating the 75th anniversary of the forced removal of Japanese-Americans on Bainbridge Island.


BIMA uses an online scheduling system called Volgistics, which is easy to use. Docent shifts are daily (seven days per week) as follows:

10 AM – 12:30 PM

12:30 PM – 3 PM

3 PM – 5 PM.

We request a minimum commitment of 2 shifts per month, plus attending tours and trainings as feasible.