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As one of the most prominent American decorative arts museums in the country, the DAR Museum is eager to provide opportunities for area students and museum enthusiasts to contribute to the study of our country's material culture. Whether you are an undergraduate or an enthusiastic museum-goer, there is something here for you. Potential volunteers should contact the museum at (202) 879-3240.


DAR Museum Docents provide a valuable link between our visitors and the collection. Trained in the decorative arts and tour techniques, docents offer guided tours of the 31 museum period rooms. Docents volunteer about 2 days a month and serve walk-in visitors as well as groups and school children. New docents participate in an extensive training period, while experienced docents benefit from continuing education in the decorative arts, history, and museum practices. For more information, please contact the Assistant Curator of Education at 202-879-3341 or email

Educational Internships

The DAR Museum has internships available for undergraduate and graduate students interested in gaining experience in American history, decorative and fine arts, education, and collections management. Interns generally work 10- 20 hours per week for a period of 3-4 months. The internships are unpaid, but academic credit can be arranged in cooperation with your institution. Past interns have undertaken a wide variety of responsibilities and projects.

More information about DAR Museum Internships can be found on the Career Opportunities page.

Other Opportunities

Volunteers at the DAR Museum provide an invaluable resource. Other projects include:

Organizing the museum slide library

Helping with public programs

Current Volunteers