The Met is committed to welcoming audiences that reflect the diversity of New York City. Volunteers are a key partner in this mission, helping The Met create an inclusive environment where everyone can connect with art and find inspiration. We encourage people from all backgrounds and life experiences to apply to our volunteer programs. No experience is required, and training is offered for all programs. Volunteers perform a unique form of philanthropy that supports The Met and our visitors.
Why Volunteer at The Met?
- Be an ambassador for 5,000 years of global art by building personal connections and fostering community.
- Learn about The Met collection and exhibitions directly from curators, educators, and conservators.
- Meet people who share an interest in art and education.
- Attend free concerts and lectures (space allowing).
- Receive discounts at Met shops and restaurants.
Choose Your Volunteer Path
Museum Department Volunteer
Assist visitors at information desks and in the libraries, help with events and programs, or support curatorial and conservation staff.
Guided Tour Volunteer
Introduce school students (grades K–12) or adult visitors to The Met collection. Select and research artworks and engage visitors in one-hour conversations with the goal of making art relevant, meaningful, and inspiring. Lead tours in English or one of ten other languages.
81st Street Studio Volunteers
The Met Fifth Avenue
Welcome children ages 3–11 and their caregivers to the 81st Street Studio. Volunteers welcome and encourage engagement in a wide range of digital and analog activities promoting the exploration of scientific properties of materials in the world and in works of art in the Met collection. Volunteers help maintain the readiness and cleanliness of the 81st Street Studio.
Time commitment: One three-hour shift every other week, year-round. Volunteers serve on weekdays or weekends.
Visitor Experience (VX) Volunteer at The Met Fifth Avenue
Mobile VX Volunteer: Help visitors throughout the Museum by providing information about The Met collection, exhibitions, and tours, as well as offering help with directions and recommendations. Friday afternoon and weekend shifts are available.
Carson Family Hall VX Volunteer: Welcome and facilitate the arrival of K–12 school groups in the Museum’s Carson Family Hall. Weekday shifts are available.
Note: Weekday VX volunteers serve one regular shift weekly, year-round. Weekend and evening VX volunteers serve one regular shift every other week, year-round.
Health and Safety
The health and safety of Met staff and visitors is our top priority. All volunteers are expected to follow current COVID-19 safety protocols (please review the Visitor Guidelines).
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