Become a Docent

Docents bring art education to school children, museum visitors, and the local community through many different programs.

The Docent training program spans a nine month training period (October – May) and focuses on three main areas: a knowledge of the collections and historic properties; a cultivation of touring skills; and an understanding of art history including major periods and important artists. Classes meet every Thursday from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm. Cost: $250 per person to cover costs of textbooks and other printed materials.

Prospective docents must be Museum members.

Second Canvas TMA App

The Tucson Museum of Art has teamed up with The Mad Pixel Factory to create Second Canvas Tucson Museum of Art, a FREE app that will let you experience selected images from the TMA collection like never before!

With Second Canvas Tucson Museum of Art, you can

  •  Discover the incredible details and the stories behind the artworks by using a super-zoom feature to explore the works with amazing quality, to the extent of being able to see the brushstrokes and the surface of the painting!
  • Visualize super high-resolution images in an app, website, digital publication.
  • Discover, find out about, study, prepare a visit, remember an experience.
  • Use this material in class to get your students interested in art through stories and details of the artwork.

Research Library

The Research Library’s non-circulating collection dedicated to the visual arts has more than 13,000 titles, all easily searchable through the Pima County Public Library online catalog. In addition to books, the collection contains art magazines, Museum publications, and other materials related to the Museum’s exhibitions and collections.

If you are interested in donating or want more information about the Library, please contact us at 520-624-2333 ext. 7122.


The research library is closed for renovations.

Become a TMA Member and Explore, Experience, and Connect