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NMWA volunteers assist museum staff to carry out the museum’s mission by interacting with visitors and serving as welcoming representatives of the institution.

This dedicated corps of well-trained volunteers is one of the museum’s most valuable resources.

We are not recruiting new Volunteers at this time, but please check back regularly for updates and future opportunities.

Department Volunteers

Department Volunteers hold weekday or weekend positions. Time commitments vary depending on the demands of the particular department and position.

Visitor Experience Volunteers

Visitor Experience Volunteers (VEVs) welcome and orient visitors to the museum and provide information regarding the museum’s history, collection, and temporary exhibitions. VEVs may also assist with NMWA’s education and public programs and train to facilitate Conversation Pieces.

VEVs commit to at least two years, fulfilling 100 hours of service during weekdays or 50 hours of service during weekends annually. These volunteers work a regular, assigned shift (once during the week or on alternating weekends) lasting 2.5–3.5 hours.

Serving as a VEV is a prerequisite for anyone interested in becoming a docent.

Specific Duties:

  • Greet visitors and orient them to the building, current exhibitions, programs, and services, including the Museum Shop and the Mezzanine Café.
  • Answer questions regarding the history of the museum and building, as well as the collection and exhibitions.
  • Ensure the Information Desk is fully stocked with museum publications, and distribute this literature to interested visitors.

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong customer service interest, welcoming demeanor, and ability to foster meaningful connections with visitors
  • Experience working with diverse groups and personalities, including children, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Speak English fluently—bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply
  • Flexible and adaptable to change
  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment with visitors of all ages and abilities, museum staff, and volunteers from diverse backgrounds
  • Always well-prepared, dependable, and punctual


Docents facilitate high quality, visitor-centered tours of the collection and exhibitions for adult, school, and youth groups and drop-in Conversation Pieces.

Docents commit to an initial six-month training and at least two years of service.

Serving as a Visitor Experience Volunteer is a prerequisite for becoming a docent.


Volunteers enjoy rewarding experiences welcoming, guiding, and assisting visitors, as well as collegial interaction with staff members and colleagues. In addition they receive:

  • Education Benefits:
    • Ongoing professional development
    • Continuing education sessions and trips
    • Women in the Arts member magazine
  • Cultural Benefits:
    • Complimentary or reduced admission to selected NMWA-sponsored programs
  • Library Benefits:
  • Social Benefits and Special Events:
    • Interaction with museum visitors and staff
    • Invitations to social events throughout the year
  • Shop and Café Discounts:
    • 25% discount in the Museum Shop
    • 10% discount in the Mezzanine Café
  • Annual Volunteer Thank You:
    • Volunteer Appreciation party
    • 10 guest passes for museum admission
    • Volunteer gift


National Museum of Women in the Arts