Adult Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Complete our online Adult Volunteer Application.
    To have an application mailed, emailed or faxed to you, contact Volunteering/Internships online or call 651-225-6046.
  2. Volunteer Services will check your references and then will call you for a brief phone conversation to learn more about you and to match you with the right volunteer opportunity.
  3. Complete a background check.
  4. Attend a volunteer orientation.
  5. Begin volunteering!

We have great opportunities for you to spark children’s learning through play.

On the Floor
Volunteer to play! Floor volunteers initiate playful interactions with visitors in our 11 galleries. They interact with both adults and children and they provide customer service to ensure all visitors have a positive and memorable experience. As a volunteer, you may:

  • Move through all the galleries inviting visitors to play as a Playologist
  • Facilitate creative arts and maker activities as a Studio Assistant
  • Welcome and check in members as a Helping Hand Volunteer

Check out our current opportunities!

Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes volunteers can help with a variety of opportunities throughout the Museum, including administrative roles and technical skilled work in our exhibit shop. These opportunities are dependent on project availability.
Group Opportunities
We have a regular group volunteer opportunity available on Target Free Third Sunday, which occurs the third Sunday of each month. Volunteers help to welcome visitors, give directions, and play!  We can typically accommodate groups of up to 10 individuals. Other group opportunities are available on a limited basis. To inquire about your group, please contact Volunteer Services at volunteers@mcm.org or 651-225-6046.
Don’t See What You’re Looking For?
Are you searching for a way to serve the Museum and our visitors in a unique way that we haven’t advertised? Complete this Project Proposal Form if you would like to volunteer with us, but you don’t see the type of opportunity you’re looking for.

Examples of past volunteer projects include:

  • A group of college students created a communication plan.
  • A retired model-maker created scale models of exhibit components.
  • A human resources professional helped us recruit intern applicants.

It may not be possible for us to create every project that is proposed, but feel free to ask and we’ll try to accommodate it.

Choose one:

My proposal involves direct interaction with Museum visitors.

My proposal is a behind-the-scenes project.

Service Enterprise certification
Minnesota Children’s Museum is the first museum in the nation to receive the Service Enterprise certification. This means that we effectively engage volunteers across all levels of the organization while employing best practices in volunteer management.

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