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Gallery Guides

Shirin Neshat Tour
Shirin Neshat, Untitled (Women of Allah), 1996

The Hirshhorn’s Gallery Guide program is a unique and rewarding experience. Guides get to conduct exhibition research and spend a significant amount of time working with the art in our Collection and special exhibitions, but the program offers much more than that. You will spend your days looking at art, discussing art, engaging people with art, and inspiring people to slow down and experience art in new and exciting ways. Additionally, you will meet museum professionals who will help you gain a behind-the-scenes understanding of the exhibition process. Working with aspiring museum professionals, art enthusiasts, visitors, and staff members is an ideal opportunity to meet new friends and professional contacts that can help you develop your career goals. The program is challenging, but it is also an invaluable opportunity that is full of possibilities for the right candidate.


  • Training will take place from August 24 – September 4. Training sessions are scheduled on weekdays from 10 am – 1 pm.
  • Guides will be in the galleries daily from September 4 – December 7.
  • New Gallery Guides will have a 12 hour gallery shift per week. Returning Guides and former Docents will have the option to only work 8 hours of gallery shifts per week.
  • Gallery Shifts are scheduled daily from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, 12 – 3 pm, and 2:30 – 4:30 pm.
  • Each Guide will be assigned a 2 hour Research Team. Teams meet on Mondays from 10 am – 12 pm, Tuesdays from 2 – 4 pm, OR Fridays from 11 am – 1pm.
  • Weekly meetings to continue trainings and meet with other staff members will be held on Fridays from 10 – 11 am.

We encourage a diverse pool of applicants with backgrounds in studio arts, art education, art history, museum studies, philosophy, communications, and other related fields. Guides should be curious, inquisitive, and enthusiastic, with a strong interest in learning about modern and contemporary art.

Application Deadline: July 17
Email the following to HMSGGuides@si.edu with subject: LastName_GG (ex. Smith_GG)

  • Cover letter (Tell us why you would like to become a Gallery Guide)
  • Resume
  • Copy of transcript (unofficial or official)
  • 2 letters of recommendation (Sent together)
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