Our volunteers’ time and talent are vital to the success of the Chicago History Museum. If you are college-age or older, have some free time during a week day or weekend day, and are looking for a rewarding, enriching experience, then volunteering at the Museum may be for you.
Museum volunteers bring skills, life-experience, and energy to supporting the Museum's mission and the work of our staff as they donate their time.
History Buff Tour Guide
Help visitors discover that history is all around them by learning to lead some of our most unique outdoor tours ranging from tours of the Gold Coast and Old Town Neighborhoods, to a stroll where pooches are the perfect companions. With their duties occurring mostly on weekends, History Buff volunteers receive training and mentoring from professional tour guides, veteran volunteers, and museum staff.
The volunteer gallery interpreter position is perfect for outgoing, energetic individuals who would like to engage our museum visitors of all ages with enjoyable and meaningful activities, including our popular gallery activity carts and guided exhibition tours. Volunteer gallery interpreters receive comprehensive training from museum education staff, historians, and experienced volunteers; plus Museum volunteers receive ongoing enrichment opportunities in order keep learning and mastering skills.
Research Center Reference Assistant
Provide reference assistance in Research Center, along with reference librarians, serving researchers who include students, faculty, general public, school-age children during History Fair season, helping them use the archival collections, photographs, and monographs.
Training and Commitment
Positions range from a six month to a one year commitment in light of the training involved. Training may include seminars with talks from guest speakers, artifact-handling sessions, mentoring, and other tutoring. The weekly hourly commitment varies per position, but most volunteers commit an average of three to six hours per week.
How to Apply to Become a Volunteer
It’s easy to apply! Download the position description(s) of interest and the application. Complete the application and return it to the address indicated on the form. Once we receive your completed application, we will send recommendation forms to your listed references. Next, your material will be submitted to the appropriate volunteer project supervisor.
- 15% discount in the Museum Store
- Discounted prices to Chicago History Museum programs
- Invitations to special events, exhibition openings, and receptions
- Chicago History magazine
- Invitations to annual volunteer recognition events
- Opportunities for free and low-fee enrichment programs and excursions
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