Art - Architecture - History - Natural & Physical Sciences
For Docents
MECOB Mission Statement
The mission of the Museum Education Consortium of Buffalo is to provide inspirational and challenging educational opportunities in art, architecture, history and the natural and physical sciences for the residents of and visitors to Western New York.

MECOB Vision Statement
The vision of the Museum Education Consortium of Buffalo is a community where cultural experiences are an integral and valuable part of every day life in Western New York.
A docent tours at the Lafayette Hotel and the Buffalo and Erie County Library
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Museum Education Consortium of Buffalo
Who/What is a "docent"?

A person who leads guided tours, especially through a museum or art gallery.
-The Mirriam Webster Online Dictionary

For MECOB members, a docent is much more than the definition above. MECOB docents are priceless because they provide an invaluable service helping us educate, enlighten and entertain our visitors of all ages from the community and beyond.

To provide docent enrichment experiences, MECOB runs a yearly docent workshop in the spring and a docent trip in the fall.

If you would like to become a docent or expand your current docent activities, contact the MECOB member(s) for your field of interest listed in Docent Resources below.

Docent News
Recent Docent Enrichment Trips have visited the Pierce Arrow Museum and the Richardson Complex. For information about past or upcoming Docent events, please contact your location's Docent Coordinator.

Docent Resources
Docent News
Quotes and Quips
Docent Resources

The National Docent Symposium Council

An international oganization whose mission is to "provide an ongoing forum to promote docent education and the exchange of ideas." The organization dedicates itself to informing docents about current issues (ie., touring with technology and special needs touring) through their website and at symposia.

We are fortunate to have one of our very own MECOB docents serving as a Regional Director of
this fine organization.  If you would like to get more information locally, contact:
Mid-Atlantic Director Mary G. Therrien at

MECOB Docent Opportunities

If you would like to become a docent or expand your current docent activities, contact the MECOB member(s) for your field of interest listed below. If the MECOB member you are interested in is not listed, please contact them using the information on the Explore MECOB page.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
716-827-1584, ext. 291

Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park
716-847-1773, ext. 10

Buffalo History Museum
716-873-9644, ext. 304

Buffalo Zoo

Darwin Martin House Complex

Theododre Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

Information About Updated Learning Standards and Core Curriculum

New York State Education Department Office of Curriculum and Instruction
This web site provides a wealth of information about the updated learning standards and core curriculum for New York state.

Quotes & Quips

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
-Thomas Merton

The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.
-Frank Lloyd Wright 

Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.
-Carl Sagan

If the proper study of mankind is man, then the proper study of a Nation is its own history, and all true patriots should encourage in every way the associations which record the great deeds.
-Theodore Roosevelt

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
-John Muir