Volunteer Guides


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20001


Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Newseum! We are currently recruiting for volunteer guides to provide three types of tours to our visitors. Guides are enthusiastic life-learners who engage our visitors about the museum’s content and its mission to champion the First Amendment. They are trained to conduct the following tours:

  • Three-Point Tours are 5- to 15-minute tours in a single gallery that link together three artifacts, objects or images sharing a common theme.
  • Guided Highlights Tours are 60-minute building tours designed to provide visitors with navigation information as well as a brief overview of the exhibits.
  • Private Tours are 90-minute building tours that include behind-the-scenes stops.

These tours are structured to allow guides the flexibility to design informative tours around their particular interests while still meeting the needs/interests of their audiences.

Volunteers must complete an intensive training program which includes 40 hours of class time in addition to assignments to be completed at home (approximately an additional 30 hours). While demanding, the training process - with its focus on content and presentation skills - is essential to the success of our guides.

If you are interested in getting involved, please visit our website: Newseum.org/volunteer.


  • Public Speaking
  • Customer Service
  • People Skills

Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • Volunteers commit to a minimum of a year.
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