Courthouse Docents

  • Courthouse Docents

Courthouse Docents

Volunteer docents are integral to the founding vision of the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse, designed as a vibrant center for civic education and community activity. Tour docents take visitors on a journey through American history, connecting the dramatic architectural features and art installations of the courthouse with ideals of justice, human rights, and freedom. Tours also include descriptions of groundbreaking cases tried in the courthouse in recent years.

Docents will guide school groups, community organizations, and interested members of the public on a one hour tour of the Courthouse including inside its courtrooms and artistic spaces, highlighting the workings of the building and how the architecture and art reflect the aspirations and challenges of justice and our democracy.

Docents are trained by Discovering Justice staff to guide groups of 20-30 people on hour-long tours of the courthouse.


John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse
1 Courthouse Way
Boston, MA 02210


One to two weekdays per month between the hours of 9:30 am and 4:00 pm, as needed.


Anyone who loves architecture, art history, civics, or democracy, and can commit to leading at least one tour per month.

Learn More

For all information about Discovering Justice tours, please visit the tours page on our website. For questions and inquiries about booking a tour or signing up to volunteer as a docent, contact Courthouse Programs Associate Kiara Batista

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