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Art Information Volunteers

Art information volunteers welcome visitors on behalf of the National Gallery of Art and provide assistance in a variety of ways to make every experience of the Gallery as rich and rewarding as possible. Volunteers provide information to visitors about the Gallery, its permanent collection, special exhibitions, public programs, and facilities.


Adult program docents give daily tours that explore highlights of the Gallery’s permanent collection in an engaging way. Recruitment for a new class of adult program docents will begin in fall 2017. Those interested in applying to the program must attend an information meeting in the fall. Learn more about our docent program and register for an information meeting here.

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. At this time we are not accepting applications for the school docent program.


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

Reference Librarian
[email protected]

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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