Volunteers are an essential link between the Freer|Sackler and the public, carrying out the museums’ mission of engaging with visitors and enriching their experiences.
Becoming a Docent at the Freer and Sackler
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. Docents are managed by the Department of Engagement and Visitor Experience.
If you are interested in applying for future consideration to join the museum’s docent program, please complete the online application.
Ushers are program volunteers who assist with ticketing and seating for films and performing arts programs. If you’re interested in ushering, email email@example.com.
Visitor Information Specialist Program
Visitor 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.
Visitor Information Specialists are accepted on a rolling basis as needed.
To learn more about becoming a Visitor Information Specialist, please visit the Smithsonian Volunteer Opportunities page.