We believe our strength lies in differences, not similarities.

Volunteers are the heart of our organization, helping us connect people, expand perspectives, and encourage global dialogue about the North and its distinct environment.

We strive for the museum’s volunteer workforce and staff to be a diverse pool of talents, professional experiences, personalities, and backgrounds united by a shared set of values.

Volunteering offers opportunities to socialize, continue learning, and develop career and leadership skills, The museum offers many opportunities for adult and teen volunteers: Tour visitors through exhibitions; assist with public programs or special events; engage visitors through hand-on activities and more.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering for the museum challenges you to make a difference in people’s lives. Our volunteers come from many walks of life and range from students to retirees. Whether you want to use your social skills by working at special events, learn research techniques by working in collections, or learn more about Alaska by giving gallery tours, we have a volunteer opportunity for you. Minimum age to volunteer at the museum is 13 years old.

Here are some of the ways you can get involved as a museum volunteer.

Teen Volunteers

Become an interpretive guide at the Anchorage Museum, by helping visitors understand and interact with the various topics and content presented through our many exhibitions and galleries. As an interpretative guide you will perform fun, informative demonstrations, handle and show live reptiles and marine animals, give tours, and lead hands-on activities throughout the museum. Training and staff support will be provided to prepare you for your new and exciting interpretative role.

Temporary Exhibits and Programs

Assist in a variety of ways with the changing exhibits that happen at the Museum. Help organize, plan, and host a program, event, or symposium related to the varying and interesting topics represented through our changing exhibitions. Learn more about our exhibitions.

Science Guides

Interact with Museum visitors to encourage exploration and enjoyment of science activities and exhibits within our Discovery Center.


Assist with children’s activities, art classes, tour development, the museum’s holiday exhibit installation and the preparation of art projects.

Docent/Museum Guides

As a docent, lead tours through our permanent art and history exhibitions. As an interpreter, answer questions from museum visitors about specific exhibitions. Learn more about our exhibitions.

Visitor Services

Visitor services welcomes new and returning visitors to the museum. Our goal is to provide a unique, personally tailored museum experience for each of our guests. We provide essential information and resources to ensure a positive visitor experience. Visitor services may act as a host during special events like First Fridays and exhibition openings.

Atwood Resource Center

Help with library-related tasks, photo identification, archiving and photographing new materials. Learn more about the Resource Center.

Anchorage Museum Volunteer Benefits

We cherish our volunteers and are grateful for their help, so we show our appreciation through many benefits.

  • Free, unlimited museum admission
  • 20 percent discount at the museum shop
  • 10 percent discount at Muse restaurant
  • Museum guest passes
  • An opportunity to make new friends
  • A chance to develop career and leadership skills
  • Volunteer recognition events
  • Continuing Education program, with fees waived for 40+ volunteer hours per calendar year

Volunteer Trainings

Experience is not necessary. Teaching tools and training are provided. You must attend a volunteer training session before you can begin volunteering at the Anchorage Museum.

Upcoming Trainings

There are currently no trainings scheduled for volunteers at this time.

Contact Us

For more information on becoming a volunteer, call (907) 929-9270 or e-mail volunteer@anchoragemuseum.org.

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