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Whether it’s interacting with visitors, inspiring children or helping behind-the-scenes, our volunteers play an important role at the National Gallery of Canada. Every day, this dedicated group of art-lovers helps make a Gallery visit even better in a number of ways.
The most visible of our volunteers, this active core of 50 volunteers give daily presentations to the public about specific works and themes in art. They also give elementary school tours on themes ranging from Canadian and Indigenous Art to learning basic art appreciation. More information on our school tours can be found here.
School outreach team
As part of our Looking at Pictures program, volunteers visit area schools and lead children on an interactive journey about art and art appreciation. Last year, our volunteers met over 17,000 students from the Ottawa-Gatineau area.
This group of dynamic high-school aged volunteers help National Gallery camp interpreters create an unforgettable summer camp experience for elementary-school-aged students. They assist with the preparation of craft activities and lend a hand with in-gallery experiences.
Working with our librarians and archivists, library volunteers help with various tasks, such as sorting new materials, creating newspaper clippings and other library-related activities.
Special event volunteers
Ambassadors to the Gallery, these volunteers welcome, usher and answer questions from visitors during events.
Interested in joining our team?
At this time, the Gallery is not currently looking for new volunteers to join our program. We will post new opportunities as they become available.