Volunteering at the GRPM

Volunteering at the GRPM brings the opportunity to connect with the community, learn more about the Museum’s worldwide collections and interact with other like-minded people. The GRPM volunteer program is filled with enthusiastic individuals who enjoy working with children and visitors of all ages.

We are looking for volunteers of all ages to join our team! Review the information below on volunteer opportunities and let us know what interests you. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Discovery Cart Volunteers

Engage with Museum visitors through exhibit interpretation and hands-on activities through the use of the discovery carts. Training will be provided by Museum educators. Scheduling based on volunteer’s availability.

Education Assistants

Assist Museum staff educators engaging with school groups in one of our many programs. Classes are 60 or 90 minutes in length. No prior subject knowledge is required. Training provided. Daytime shifts Monday – Friday.

Event Specialist

Assist in the Museum’s special events, such events include Snowflake Break and Spring Break activities, organ concerts, evening gatherings and holiday events. Roles vary based on individual events. Scheduling is based on volunteer’s availability.

Exhibit Interpreter

Travel back to the 1890s to engage with our guests through enlightening them one of the shops in the Streets of Old Grand Rapids exhibit. Volunteers will choose which shop to train and staff. Wearing period dress is welcome, but not necessary. Scheduling is based on volunteer’s availability.


Assist with the arrival of large groups and schools. Scheduling is based on volunteer’s availability. Most greeting shifts occur in the mornings on school days.

Volunteer Benefits

  • Free Parking
  • Complimentary membership after volunteering 12 shifts
  • Discount in Curiosity Shop & Cafe
  • Training & continuing education
  • Invitations to recognition events

If you have questions, please email Mo Fleming at mfleming@grpm.org or call 616.929.1753.

Volunteers 18 and older require a background check.