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Volunteer at the Museum
We are always adding to our list of volunteers for the Hirshhorn. Public volunteers primarily help us get visitors into the event as smoothly and quickly as possible. After two hour long shifts, volunteers are welcome to enjoy the event for free. All shifts are over by 11 pm, and you’ll receive an additional ticket for a friend. Volunteer shifts may include:

  • Coordinating the flow of traffic at the front entrance while guests wait to have their IDs and bags checked
  • Facilitating guest admission at the main entrance
  • Ensuring that the museum galleries aren’t overly crowded

The Hirshhorn Docent Program
Hirshhorn Docents lead tours of the Museum galleries and gardens, engaging our visitors in an open dialogue about art. This is a rewarding opportunity that invites volunteers to explore art alongside our visitors. The program begins with an intensive summer training session that will introduce volunteers to the Hirshhorn collection and touring techniques. Docents will begin leading tours in the fall, and will continue to participate in monthly training meetings and team exercises in the galleries. 

We encourage applicants with backgrounds in studio arts, art education, art history, museum studies, philosophy, communications, and other related fields. Applicants should be curious and inquisitive, with a strong interest in learning about modern/contemporary art and art museums in general. Volunteers should be comfortable communicating via email and conducting research independently. 

Please apply through our posting on the Smithsonian volunteer site: http://www.si.edu/volunteer by May 11, 2014.

Other Opportunities
Most departments of the Hirshhorn welcome volunteers. For additional information contact the Smithsonian’s Behind-the-Scenes Volunteer Program

For information on internships and the Interpretive Guide program, please see the Internships page or contact the Hirshhorn at hmsginternships@si.edu.

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