Volunteer at the Freer and Sackler Galleries
Volunteers are an essential link between the public and the Galleries in carrying out the museums' mission of engaging with visitors and enriching their experiences.
Volunteer Information Specialists
Docents volunteer to lead tours of adult and school-age (K–12) groups. As they guide visitors through special exhibitions and permanent collections, docents engage visitors in learning primarily about Asian art and culture through active looking at works of art. In preparation, docents receive in-depth training in art history and gallery teaching. They are managed by the Department of Education.
The 2014–15 docent class is now full, and we are no longer accepting applications. Please complete our online application to be considered for docent opportunities in the future.
We are not recruiting program volunteers at this time. You can still submit an online application, which we will keep on file until our next recruitment in 2015.
Program volunteers assist with public events, such as family programs, after-hours events, festivals, gallery talks, and workshops. Each program has specific requirements and training. Volunteer duties may include wayfinding, sharing information, assisting performers, facilitating hands-on activities, managing crowds, and/or distributing or collecting tickets.
Program volunteers commit to a minimum of four programs per year (October to October) and receive regular newsletters from staff, enrichment opportunities, and an invitation to an annual Volunteer Appreciation event.
Ushers assist with ticketing and seating for films and performing arts programs. If you are interested in ushering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Information Specialist Program
We are not currently recruiting volunteer information specialists for the Freer|Sackler.
Volunteer Information Specialists provide information services to museum visitors at the information desks and within the galleries. In addition to welcoming visitors, they supply general information about the museums, their exhibitions and collections, and the Smithsonian in general. They also furnish specific information about daily programs and events, and they answer visitor questions. They give directions, make connections to places and events around the Smithsonian, ignite curiosity, and help to ensure visitors have a positive experience at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.
To learn more about becoming a Volunteer Information Specialist, please visit the Smithsonian Volunteer Opportunities page.
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