Volunteering can be occasional, regularly scheduled, short-term or long-term. Attend a Volunteer's workshop to learn more and find out what fits your interests and schedule. Contact the Curator of Education (573) 651-2301.


Greet visitors, lead interactive tours of permanent and temporary exhibits, answer visitor's questions about the museum and exhibitions. Opportunities are available weekdays and weekends. To become a docent, one must attend our training classes. (See below.) 

Education Assistant

Assist in planning, organizing, promoting, and conducting educational programs, workshops, and events related to the museum's mission.

Special Events

Oversee a hands-on or information station, post fliers, photograph an event, help with set-up and clean-up, serve refreshments at an exhibit opening, or assist with our outreach program at public events.

Museum Booth

Distribute information, answer questions, or lead hands-on activities with the public to promote the museum.

Docent Training Schedule

Weekday Training

If you are interested in leading tours as a volunteer docent, training can be arranged around your schedule.

Training involves background information for exhibits including:

  • Beckwith Collection of Mississippian Pottery and Lithics
  • Model of Towosahgy/Mississippian Hut
  • Geology and Topography
  • Fossils
  • Evans Pottery
  • Early Frontiers: Spanish, French, American
  • River and Rail Transportation
  • Civil War
  • Expressions of Faith
  • Change through Education
  • Little River Drainage Project
  • Acriculture/Sharecropper Strike of 1939

Art exhibit training is ongoing with exhibit changes. This includes information on the artists and thier works.


River Campus, 175 Cultural Arts Center
Crisp Museum
One University Plaza, MS 7875
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701