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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 Museum & Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian’s modern and contemporary art museum, is looking for independent, energetic, and personable individuals to serve as volunteer Ambassadors for the museum.  An Ambassador orients visitors both to the themes of modern and contemporary art and to the building’s layout and surrounding sculpture plaza and garden.  Their role is unique in that they both provide information to the visitors and benefit from great autonomy to guide them through all of the museum’s exhibits.  Strategically posted inside and outside the Hirshhorn, Ambassadors help humanize the visitor experience and demistify modern and contemporary art for local and international visitors alike.  

Training Start Date: Scheduled to beging January 2017.

Volunteer Work Start Date: Third week of 2017 (subject to change.)

More Information: Download the full position description here


Vincent R. Deschamps | Visitor Experience Manager 

DeschampsVR@si.edu | 202.633.0586

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 Gallery Guides program, please see the Internships page or contact the Hirshhorn at HMSGguides@si.edu.


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