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The National Portrait Gallery Education Department prides itself
on using the arts as a vehicle to introduce important Americans in
the NPG collection to visitors of all ages. Several opportunities are available so that members of the public, as well as students, can help us achieve these important goals.



Are you interested in American history? Do you like meeting new people?

Do you know that the National Portrait Gallery tells the country's story through the diverse people who have made significant contributions to American history and culture?

Have you ever wondered how many portraits are in the National Portrait Gallery's collection?

If we have piqued your curiosity and thirst for knowledge, then the National Portrait Gallery would love to hear from you! We are seeking a vibrant, diverse group of volunteers to work with visitors in our galleries. The only prerequisite is an enthusiasm for sharing knowledge and working with people! As a docent, you will be trained to lead tours and facilitate in-gallery experiences.

Volunteer hours may include a mix of weekday, weekend, and evening hours. The eight-week training session will be held on Tuesdays beginning sometime in March 2016, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Training will cover content, resources, technique, and other important topics.

Please join us in telling the story of our nation's history through portraits. Contact for an application and more information.


Gallery Educators
These paid educators facilitate the Portrait Gallery school programs that take place in the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

Gallery Educator requirements


Youth and Family Program Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers are vital to the success of youth and family programming at the National Portrait gallery. Several different volunteer opportunities are available:

  • We are seeking Senior Girl Scout volunteers (9th grade and older) to assist the Girl Scout and weekend programming for youth and families at the National Portrait Gallery. View the position description below to learn more about the opportunity.

    Federal Service Hours Opportunities for Sr. Girl Scouts

  • Do you like working with people of all ages? Do you enjoy hands-on art activities? If so, we need you! Learn more about this exciting opportunity.

    Family Day Volunteer Position Description


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  • Phone: (202) 633-8500
    FAX: (202) 633-8521
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    National Portrait Gallery
    P.O. Box 37012
    Washington, D.C. 20013-0712


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