Docent Programs

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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.

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, information is available on each museum or unit website.

African Art Museum Education Office

Air and Space Museum and its Udvar-Hazy Center Docent Program

American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery Docent Program

American History Museum Docent Program

Anacostia Community Museum Education Department

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Freer|Sackler Docent Programs

Horticulture Services Division

National Zoo Friends of the National Zoo Dept. of Education

Natural History Museum Volunteer Program

Portrait Gallery Docent Program

Postal Museum Department of Education

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Public Programs

Visitor Center in the Smithsonian Castle, contact [email protected].