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Volunteer at the Freer and Sackler Galleries

Volunteers in the Education Department are an essential link between the public and the museum and work to carry out the museum's educational mission.

Public Programs Assistance

Program Volunteers

Program volunteers assist periodically (2–6 times per year) with implementing various public programs, such as demonstrations, gallery talks, hands-on activities, and family days. Each program has specific training and requirements. Volunteer duties may include wayfinding, information sharing, assisting performers, facilitating hands-on activities, crowd-management, and ticketing.

You must submit an online application to volunteer for these events. Once your application is on file, we will contact you as appropriate opportunities become available.


Ushers assist with ticketing and seating for films and performing arts programs. If you're interested in ushering, email vickto@si.edu.


We will be recruiting a new class of docents in Spring 2014. If you are interested in learning more about the docent program, please send an email to asiadocent@si.edu.

Volunteer Information Specialist Program

Managed centrally through the Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center (VIARC), Volunteer Information Specialists provide information services to museum visitors at museum information desks or to persons telephoning the Institution for assistance. In addition to welcoming visitors, museum desk volunteers provide a broad range of information about the Smithsonian—its exhibitions, activities, and services—and general information on other popular attractions in Washington, D.C. Telephone information volunteers respond to inquiries that pertain to the full range of Smithsonian activity, forward calls to either offices or staff members as appropriate, and fulfill a variety of requests for printed information. To learn more about becoming a Volunteer Information Specialist, please visit the Smithsonian Volunteer Opportunities page.

Behind-the-Scenes Volunteer Program

Engage in a variety of multi-faceted projects in person at the Smithsonian, in your own community around the globe, and even in the Smithsonian’s virtual environment as a Behind-the-Scenes Volunteer (OVS). To learn more about becoming a Behind-the-Scenes Volunteer, please visit http://www.si.edu/Volunteer/Behind-the-Scenes-Volunteer.

volunteer at Asia After Dark

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