Becoming a MIM volunteer team member is a unique opportunity to help the museum achieve its mission. Volunteers are needed in positions throughout the museum, including at Guest Service, in the galleries, and in leading tours. Current volunteer opportunities and descriptions are listed below. No need to be an expert; training will be provided!

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All prospective volunteer team members must:

  • Submit a completed application
  • Meet with a member of the Volunteer Department
  • Consent to a background check and drug test
  • Attend an orientation

Because volunteers are such an important part of the museum’s mission, MIM also requires that adult volunteer team members join and maintain a museum membership. Moreover, we require you to commit to one full year to the volunteer program, with a minimum of two shifts per month.

If you are a high school or a full-time college student wishing to volunteer during your school break, we ask you to dedicate one full month of service during our summer volunteer program, with a minimum of two shifts per week. If you are interested in volunteering year-round, we ask you to dedicate at least two shifts per month. The minimum age to volunteer at MIM is sixteen years, with parental/guardian consent required for those below eighteen years.

Volunteer Team Member Opportunities

Museum Guide

MIM seeks fun, imaginative, and enthusiastic volunteer team members to provide guided tours scheduled for school and youth groups. Museum guides encourage guests to forge their own connections to the museum’s collections and stories. Museum guides must commit to forty hours of training over a five-week period. Following the training, museum guides commit to a minimum of three tours per month.

Gallery Guide

Daily responsibilities of gallery guides include welcoming guests to the galleries, answering their questions, and directing them to programs and areas of interest. Gallery guides also circulate throughout the museum to ensure the safety of guests and the security of the collection.

Experience Gallery Guide

The Experience Gallery (EG) is the museum space where guests have an opportunity to touch and play instruments from around the world. EG guides foster a welcoming, positive, and safe environment for all guests. Being a musician is not required to become an EG guide. Training will provide information on the instruments as well as tips on how to create a friendly and educational atmosphere.

Guest Service Guide

Guest Service guides support the Guest Service team at the front desk by answering questions about the museum, assisting with the guidePORT system and headphones, and explaining MIM policies and procedures to guests. Guest Service guides also help the team provide guests with a smooth introduction as they enter the museum and a friendly farewell as they exit.

Special Event Guide

Celebrate your love of music, arts, and culture by lending a hand during MIM’s special events and education programs! Events at MIM offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities—everything from aiding in fun crafts to operating a photo booth. Volunteer team members in these areas are essential to making our programs exciting and educational for all our guests. Special Event guides are needed on weekends and during evening events.

“MIM is a special place, a world-class museum with special people, both volunteers and staff. It is a treat to guide visitors toward unique instruments and exhibits.”

—­­Bill Brand

“I enjoy being a part of this amazing museum, the educational opportunities that we have, and working with the staff and other volunteers. The displays in the museum show us music in every form and in every country in the world. It is truly a universal language.”

—Jim Cole

“As a volunteer, each day is so interesting and different. Last week a charming three-year-old member who visits each week pointed out his favorites—his excitement was so joyful.”

—Nancy Vavricka

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