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Docent Programs

Docent Programs

Most Smithsonian museums operate Docent Programs through their public programs or education departments. Docents are volunteer teachers who provide group learning experiences in the form of museum tours, demonstrations, or instruction in special activity areas.

Program Contacts

The Docent Program year varies from museum to museum. Some operate October through May; others operate year-round. Training programs, eligibility requirements, openings, and time commitments also vary.

If you wish to participate in a museum Docent Program, call Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the program of your choice (listed below). More information is also available on each museum's website.

Note: An asterisk * indicates weekend volunteer opportunities are available.

African Art Museum of Education Office
202.633.4640 (voice); 202.357.4814 (TTY)

Freer Gallery/Sackler Gallery* Docent Programs
e-mail: asiadocent@si.edu

Postal Museum* Department of Education
202.633.5534 (voice); 202.633.9849 (TTY)

Air and Space Museum and its Udvar-Hazy Center Docent Program*
202.633.2548 (Mall); 703.572.4262 (U-H Center)

Horticulture Services Division
202.633.2220

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center* Public Programs
301.238.2737

American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery Docent Program*
202.633.8544 or 633.8550

National Portrait Gallery* Docent Program
202.633.5357; e-mail: NPGAdultTours@si.edu

Visitor Information Center* in the Smithsonian Castle
202.633.1000 (voice/tape); e-mail: info@si.edu

American History Museum Docent Program*
202.633.3690 (voice); 202.357.1563 (TTY)

National Zoo* Friends of the National Zoo Dept. of Education
202.633.3025

Anacostia Community Museum Education Department
202.633.4823

Natural History Museum* Volunteer Program
202.633.1083 (voice); 202.633.9287 (TTY)

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum*
Education Department 212.849.8353