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The National Portrait Gallery Education Department prides itself
on using the arts as a vehicle to introduce important Americans in
the NPG collection to visitors of all ages. Several opportunities are available so that members of the public, as well as students, can help us achieve these important goals.



Docents at the National Portrait Gallery are volunteers who have had extensive training in on the collections as well as tour techniques. Docent led tours of the National Portrait Gallery are offered Monday-Friday at 11:45 a.m. and 1:00, 2:15 and 3:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 11:45 a.m. and 1:30, 3:15, and 4:30 p.m. Meet in the F Street lobby.

At the present time no positions are available. However, if you would like to be contacted when the Gallery is next seeking applications, please email:


Gallery Educators
These paid educators facilitate the Portrait Gallery school programs that take place in the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

Gallery Educator requirements


Youth and Family Program Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers are vital to the success of youth and family programming at the National Portrait gallery. Several different volunteer opportunities are available:

  • We are seeking Senior Girl Scout volunteers (9th grade and older) to assist the Girl Scout and weekend programming for youth and families at the National Portrait Gallery. View the position description below to learn more about the opportunity.

    Federal Service Hours Opportunities for Sr. Girl Scouts

  • Do you like working with people of all ages? Do you enjoy hands-on art activities? If so, we need you! Learn more about this exciting opportunity.

    Family Day Volunteer Position Description


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  • Phone: (202) 633-8500
    FAX: (202) 633-8521
    Mailing Address:
    Office of Education
    National Portrait Gallery
    P.O. Box 37012
    Washington, D.C. 20013-0712


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