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Museum needs docents for King Tut exhibit

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Museum docent Kathy Hart Museum docent Kathy Hart
Hard leads a tour of first graders at the SC State Museum Hard leads a tour of first graders at the SC State Museum

The South Carolina State Museum is looking for volunteers to become experts in Egyptian history, specifically, King Tut.

Volunteers will become docents for the museum's special exhibit, Tutankhamun: Return of the King!

"We're looking for someone who might like to know a little bit more about Egyptian art, Egyptian history and just come in and lead folks through this fabulous exhibit," said 12-year volunteer docent Kathy Hart.

Docents are needed to guide tours through the exhibit on weekends.  Depending on one's availability, some docents will be trained to guide other groups through the museum during the week.

"We may ask for just four hours a month, but you may get so involved you want to be here more than that," said Hart.

Docents get free admission to the museum, 20% off purchases at the Cotton Mill Exchange museum store and cafe, 10 free general admission guest passes, four passes to blockbuster exhibits and invitations to special events and special access to the museum.

But those are just part of the rewards.

"I'm with a lot of school-age children, and we get to learn, a lot of times, through their eyes," said Hart. "It's amazing when they come in and they have already been studying about King Tut and I think that I'm going to be telling them something that they don't know.  And they are just right there with me."

"It's just a lot of fun," she said. "Its like we're doing it together in learning all about these things."

Docents should have good people skills, team attitude, be able to give weekend tours, commit at least four hours a month, and must be 18 years old.

A special five-hour training session, led by Hart, is Saturday, December 7 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. to teach volunteer docents about the King Tut exhibit.  Training for other roles will come later.  The training is at the museum.  Volunteers should arrive 15 minutes early and they will get a one-hour lunch break.

Click here to register and download a volunteer application.

For more information call Jeff Powley at (803) 898-4912 or send an email.

The SC State Museum is at 301 Gervais Street in Columbia.

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