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Become a Hirshhorn Gallery Guide! Apply for the opportunity to develop a deeper connection to art while building skills in museum education, public speaking, visitor service, and art-making facilitation. Gallery Guides learn about the art and artists of our time in the collection and special exhibitions through training and independent research.


This volunteer program is open to all people over the age of 18 and can be available for course credit. Guides should be curious, independent, reliable, and enthusiastic about modern and contemporary art. Applicants from both art and non-art backgrounds are encouraged to apply!


The Hirshhorn welcomes new guides to apply to the Fall 2023 session of the Gallery Guide program. Interested applicants will need to submit a resume, cover letter, and general availability. 

Check back soon for updates and deadlines for the Fall 2023 session!


Gallery Guide schedules are built to fit your availability and interests! During each session, Gallery Guides can choose to lead guided tours, in-gallery experiences, or assist with kids programming k in addition to independent research.

Please note that if you are participating in the program for course credit, you are required to commit to the hourly requirements set by your academic supervisor.


  • Special invitations to Hirshhorn events and programs
  • Behind-the-scenes tours of Hirshhorn and other DC museums
  • Access to Smithsonian Libraries
  • Networking amongst a community of arts professionals
  • Discounts at Smithsonian stores and restaurants
  • Free admission to non-Smithsonian museums who have reciprocity with the Smithsonian