Tudor Place
  • Guided Tour in Conservatory


Few activities bring you closer to the historic site than serving as a valued volunteer.  Museum volunteers spend time in splendid historic surroundings alongside others who share their enthusiasm and interests in history, gardens, architecture, and more. Volunteers also join in optional enrichment programs arranged exclusively for them, including group outings, and special tours by staff and outside experts.

Your participation is welcome and needed at Tudor Place! Whether you help in the garden, lead house tours as a trained docent, help decorate for Christmas, assist with special events, and Visitor Services, or work in the Museum Shop and administrative offices, there are many ways to apply your talents and gain new ones. Schedules can be arranged according to your availability.

Be a Docent

Guided Tour, KitchenIf you have an interest in American history, architecture, and historic objects, books and manuscripts, Tudor Place is a wonderful place to volunteer. Comprehensive training is provided, so you can engage guests with family, artifacts, and architectural history about this important estate that has witnessed the growth of our country. Join staff and fellow volunteers for optional outings to other historic sites, and seasonal gatherings such as an annual Holiday Party. Hours are flexible and parking is provided.

To inquire about becoming a docent, contact the Director of Education & Visitor Services Hillary Rothberg, at education@tudorplace.org.

Lead Garden Tours

Love gardening and nature? Join our Garden Docent Program. Comprehensive training is provided, so you can lead tours successfully highlighting the history of the garden. Become an expert on special topics like local agricultural history and seasonality in the garden’s wide variety of trees, shrubs, and plants. Engage guests from near and far with information and stories about the evolution and continued preservation of this important garden. (Week-end availability is a plus.)

To inquire about becoming a Garden Docent, contact the Director of Education & Visitor Services Hillary Rothberg, at education@tudorplace.org.

Work in the Garden

Garden volunteers

Tudor Place garden volunteers support the garden staff with upkeep of the 5½-acre historic estate on Wednesdays (1:30–3:30 p.m.) and Fridays (9-11 a.m.); other time slots can be arranged, depending on volunteers’ skill level.  The range of tasks includes weeding, deadheading, seed collecting, nurery, mulching, and pruning. Volunteers should be comfortable working in groups and independently.  It’s an excellent way for new gardeners and those who have been doing it for years to learn about horticulture and the challenges of landscape preservation.

To learn more about garden volunteering, contact the Director of Gardens & Grounds Kellie Cox, at kcox@tudorplace.org.

Help in Other Ways

Garden Party volunteersTo assist with public programs or other special events, contact Director of Education & Visitor Services Hillary Rothberg, at education@tudorplace.org.

To assist with office tasks that support the museum’s administrative and development offices, contact Museum Administrator Helen Hubbard-Davis, 202.965.0400, ext 100.