Gallery Host

Posted on 05/17/2019

Gallery Host
Philbrook Museum of Art – Application Deadline: Open until filled

Position Overview
Philbrook Museum of Art is seeking 5 part-time Gallery Hosts. This position is responsible for providing a welcoming and personalized environment for visitors. Gallery Hosts are positioned within gallery and exhibition spaces to engage visitors with the art, Philbrook history, and other topics of interest. Gallery Hosts also facilitate interpretive activities and assist with audience research/evaluation. This position will work a set schedule during peak museum visitation hours with schedule availability of Friday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. -4 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


  • Maintain a friendly and welcoming presence throughout the museum while circulating and assisting visitors in assigned zone. Engage visitors through friendly conversation and engagement techniques regarding special exhibition topics. Educate guests on the history of Philbrook; especially the original Villa structure, gardens, and periodic transformations. Discuss artwork in the permanent collection, on view in the Villa, and in the Gardens.
  • Orient visitors throughout their visit to the campus with detailed information that may include directions, event information, and accessibility information ensuring their experience is tailored to their needs and interests. Guide them appropriately to provide the best experience possible.
  • Maintain assigned interpretive activities throughout the museum and gardens.
  • Participate in ongoing audience research and evaluation by collecting data from visitors using a variety of evaluative techniques.
  • Attend assigned training on a continuous basis as required. Review and implement trainings related to guest experience, safety, art and museum history, and engagement practice.
  • Collaborate with museum staff to include program assistants, guest experience, and security personnel to proactively ensure a positive experience for visitors and uphold campus safety requirements. Monitor the collection to maintain integrity of the art work.
  • Maintain prompt and reliable attendance to perform duties of the job

Required Qualifications

  • Ability to interact with a diverse population in a helpful, friendly, and professional manner
  • Demonstrates keen cultural sensitivity and handles sensitive information with poise
  • Highly articulate and comfortable speaking with diverse audiences, including adults and children
  • Ability to comprehend and communicate historical information and discuss conversationally with visitors; strong aptitude to learn historical information
  • Exceptional customer service skills and attention to detail
  • Strong problem solving skills with flexibility to meet needs of visitors
  • Ability to perform job tasks with little to no supervision
  • Must be able to stand and walk for extended periods of time


  • High school diploma or equivalent. Working toward degree in art, history, education, or related field preferred.
  • At least six months experience in educational or customer service environment required.

Interested candidates should send a resume via e-mail to [email protected].

About Philbrook

Philbrook Museum of Art is a vibrant cultural institution in Tulsa, Oklahoma that welcomes approximately 170,000 visitors each year. The main museum is a 1920s Italianate Villa nestled in 25 acres of landscaped gardens and features selections from the collection of approximately 15,000 objects. A modern wing of the Villa and a satellite location in downtown Tulsa present a dynamic and ambitious program of rotating exhibitions. With artworks from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe dating from 3,000 BCE to today, Philbrook is Oklahoma’s most comprehensive art museum and offers visitors a glimpse into a broad range of cultures, time periods, and perspectives. The diverse collection supports a vision in which museums foster deeper understanding of ourselves, our rich community fabric, and our ever-shrinking world. 

Philbrook holds the visitor at the core of its mission, which is to make a creative and connected community through art and gardens. Through bold action and strategic investment, the Museum creates a space for new ideas, diverse perspectives, and social connection.