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 2016.  (Applications will be reviewed spring of 2016).  If you are interested in volunteering, find out more about our other volunteer opportunities.

Download An Application

Download a Docent Volunteer 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 Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, please contact: 
Docent Program
National Air and Space Museum 
PO Box 37012 
NASM P-700 MRC 0305 
Washington, DC 20013-7012 

To request or submit an application for the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA, please contact:
Steve Ruff
Docent Program Coordinator
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151
Telephone: (703) 572-4262
Fax: (703) 572-4164