If you love art and history and want to share your enthusiasm with the public, consider becoming a National Portrait Gallery volunteer.


Phone: (202) 633-8500
E-mail: NPGEducation@si.edu

Mailing Address:
Office of Education
National Portrait Gallery
P.O. Box 37012
Washington, D.C. 20013-0712

Volunteer docent giving a tour

Volunteer Docent Opportunities

Please note: We are not currently recruiting new docents for our program. If you are interested in applying to the program in the future, please check the Smithsonian’s main volunteer program page at https://www.si.edu/volunteerChoose New Volunteer Opportunities and use “National Portrait Gallery” as a search option.

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?

Our docent corps is a diverse group of volunteers that work with visitors in our galleries. The only prerequisite is an enthusiasm for sharing knowledge and working with people! Docents are trained to lead tours and facilitate in-gallery experiences.

Check out our latest Docent Opportunities and read more about the Docent Program