Since 1887, the Museum has depended on volunteer help for many of its projects and much of its development. Today, more than 200 volunteers participate regularly, making important contributions to the Museum. Some volunteers come in daily, and many have served for 20 or more years!


Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering at the Penn Museum, please review the volunteer opportunities listed and then submit an application for a specific opportunity. Applications will only be considered for these opportunities. For most volunteer positions the only requirement is an interest in archaeology, anthropology, and world cultures, a love of learning, and a willingness to make a regular time commitment, usually two to four hours, one or two days per week.

Survey Assistant Volunteer

Description: Help the Penn Museum fulfill its mission of engaging and educating the public! Survey Assistants intercept Penn Museum visitors in the galleries and distribute and collect prepared paper surveys and questionnaires.

Required Training: Volunteers will be interviewed and introduced to the surveys and the goals of surveying.

Qualifications: This volunteer opportunity is open to adults and mature high school students. An ideal Survey Assistant demonstrates good listening and conversational skills, exhibits a friendly personality, is comfortable interacting with strangers, and has knowledge of the Penn Museum’s collections and floor plan. Survey Assistants should be able to stand for 2 or 3 hours at a time.

Requirements: Commitment to volunteer at least once a month, for about 2 or 3 hours per month. Assistance is needed for weekend and evening events. Events may include any of the following: World Culture Days, evening PM @ PM events, Family Second Sundays, or Gallery Romps.

Volunteer Benefits

Volunteers may request VIP parking passes. They receive a 10% discount on purchases made in the Museum's shops and cafe. Volunteers are also encouraged to join the Museum as members, and new volunteers receive a 10% discount on individual or family memberships.


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