Museum Ambassadors

Please note: while applications may be submitted anytime, we do not expect to train a new class of Museum Ambassadors until late 2018. We will contact all applicants when the dates for the next training class are set.

Museum Ambassadors at the American History Museum are a mobile source of information that helps bridge the gap between the Information Desks and the Docent programs. Each year, our Museum Ambassadors help over 100,000 people get the most out of their visits by welcoming groups, circulating throughout the Museum’s public zones to answer basic questions, and directing visitors to programs and exhibitions of interest. The Museum has also employed the Museum Ambassadors to assist with special projects and events as needed, which has expanded the role of these volunteers and grown the program. To learn more about what Museum ambassadors do, check out this blog!

If you enjoy . . .

  • making connections between exhibits and areas of interest.
  • interacting with diverse audiences, age groups and learning styles.
  • working in an often busy and changing environment.

If you have . . .

  • an interest in talking with diverse audiences and age groups.
  • strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • an interest in history and communication.

If you can . . .

  • commit to three shifts a month (weekday Ambassadors) or twice a month (weekend Ambassadors). The museum is open 364 days a year, including weekends and holidays.
  • handle frequent walking, standing, and talking.


To Apply

The Ambassador program has a flexible sign up system, and is a great way to be active and interact with the public.  So apply today by going to the Smithsonian’s Long-term Volunteer Opportunities page. NOTE: Acceptenace into the Museum Ambassador program is subject to successful completion of a background investigation.