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Museum Department Volunteer Program

Volunteers assist visitors throughout The Met and in the library and help with events and programs. Training is provided—no prior experience is required.

What We’re Looking For

A friendly and welcoming demeanor, strong communication skills, curiosity about art, interest in engaging visitors of all ages and backgrounds, and a commitment to facilitating positive museum experiences.

How to Apply

Please see below for Museum Department Volunteer opportunities that are currently available. Check back periodically; new opportunities are posted as they arise.

Museum Department Programs and Assignments

Visitor Experience (VX) Volunteers
The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters
Serve as the welcoming face of The Met, greeting visitors, answering questions, and helping visitors navigate the museum. Visitor Experience volunteers are stationed throughout the Museum, either at Information Posts or in Mobile Posts with the ability to move around the Museum assisting visitors. Carson Family Hall Visitor Experience volunteers offer support to and facilitate the arrival of K–12 school groups at The Met Fifth Avenue. Computer skills, especially Internet-search skills, are required.

Time commitment: Weekday Visitor Experience volunteers serve one shift weekly, year-round. Weekend and evening Visitor Experience volunteers serve one shift every other week, year-round. 

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. 

Access Programs
The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters
Help make programs accessible and engaging for visitors with disabilities by assisting educators with program preparation, carrying and distributing materials, and helping visitors get around.

Time commitment: Assist with one program monthly; weekday and weekend programs.

Family Programs
The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters
Gather and prepare supplies, help with set-up and clean-up, assist teaching staff in facilitating hands-on experiences, help with wayfinding, and provide a positive, personal museum experience.

Time commitment: At least once monthly; weekday and weekend programs.

Watson Library
The Met Fifth Avenue
Assist behind the scenes in every aspect of the library, including helping to acquire and conserve material, and updating and managing information files.

Time commitment: One half-day per week, year-round.

Patron’s Lounge
The Met Fifth Avenue
Provide a warm welcome to Members in the Patron’s Lounge and help them make the most of their visit by sharing information about current exhibitions and programs.

Time commitment: One three-hour shift weekly, year-round. Weekend and evening volunteers serve one shift every other week.

The Met Cloisters Gardens
Assist horticultural staff with garden maintenance, including weeding, pruning, and sweeping paths.

Time commitment: Half days (three hours) or full days (five hours) seasonally; weekday placements.