Art Information Volunteers

The Department of Adult Programs recruits and orients volunteers who staff the Information Desks at the entrances to the East and West Buildings. These volunteers are the face of the museum for many of our visitors, as they provide assistance and information, answering a range of questions about the permanent collections, special exhibitions, and Gallery programs and activities. They also keep the desks stocked with maps and brochures for the public, track visitor requests, questions, and comments, and assist with visitor surveys from time to time.


The Gallery is currently recruiting a new class of school program docents. School docents facilitate student-centered, thematic tours for thousands of children—from age 4 through grade 12—providing rich and memorable experiences with works of art in the Gallery's permanent collection. New school docents receive extensive training in museum teaching, understanding audiences, and art history.

Learn more about our school program docent program here.


The division of horticulture recruits volunteers with a passion for gardening. There are volunteer opportunities both indoors and out, depending on the volunteer's preference and the horticulture department's current projects. Volunteers are welcome to start at any time of year and are encouraged to commit for one year as a way to experience the different seasons of horticulture with the Gallery.


For information on volunteer opportunities in the National Gallery of Art Library, please send your résumé to:

Head of Reader Services
National Gallery of Art Library
2000 B South Club Drive
Landover, MD 20785

Teen Volunteer Program

The department of teacher, school, and family programs recruits local high school student volunteers for the fall, spring, and summer terms. Student volunteers assist with clerical and administrative tasks that support the department's education programs.


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The National Gallery of Art was conceived, founded, and given to the people of the United States by Andrew Mellon.
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