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Explore the Volunteer Programs
of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

The museum welcomes enthusiastic people with various language backgrounds, interests, and levels of education to apply as volunteers. The minimum age for acceptance into the volunteer program is sixteen.

Museum volunteers do not work behind-the-scenes with the research departments and curatorial staff.


Roles for HMSC Volunteers

Gallery Guides serve to interpret HMNH exhibits and engage visitors in a conversational way, often through facilitating hands-on activities at discovery carts

Sketching Facilitators invite visitors of all ages to look closer at exhibits by modeling and supporting drawing in the galleries

Nature Storytime Program Readers share children’s story books with the youngest visitors and their families, and follow-up the reading by guiding families to HMNH exhibits related to the books

Family Festival Volunteers facilitate hands-on educational activities at HMSC family festivals such as Earth Rocks!, Amazing Archaeology Day, Day of the Dead family festival, and Summer Solstice Celebration. Training is specific to the event and conducted by the programmatic area served.


Application Process

If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the museums, complete the application form and email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or fax it to 617-496-8308.

Gallery Guide Volunteer Training

The next Gallery Guide training will take place in the fall. Dates to be determined.