Docent Tour Guides

All guided-tours at the Museum are conducted by docents (volunteer guides). If you are passionate about air and space, especially if you speak multiple languages, including sign language, we'd love to hear from you. 

Many of our docents have a background in aeronautics or space exploration, but those who do not have a love for the subject. Whether you are an enthusiast or an expert, all new docents receive rigorous training on the Museum’s artifacts, galleries, and research areas as well as on techniques for conducting effective tours. Docent candidates must complete 11 weeks of training and agree to a two-year commitment to the program. Docents are given scheduled shifts with a minimum of eight hours per month. 

Docent Training
The next docent training class will be held in the fall of 2015.  (Applications will be reviewed spring of 2015).  If you are interested in volunteering, find out more about our other volunteer opportunities.

Download An Application
Download an application to becoming a guide at one of the most popular museums in the world.

Submitting Your Application
To request or submit an application for the National Mall building, please contact:

Maretta Hemsley-Wood
Docent Program Manager
National Air and Space Museum
PO Box 37012
NASM P-700 MRC 0305
Washington, DC 20013-7012
E-Mail: hemsley-woodm@si.edu
Telephone: (202) 633-2548
Fax: (202) 633-8928

To request or submit an application
for the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center,
please contact:

Claudine Edelblute
Docent Program Manager
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151
Email: edelblutec@si.edu
Telephone: (703) 572-4262
Fax: (703) 572-4164