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How to Volunteer at a Museum


Becoming a Museum Volunteer

Name a topic, any topic.

With more than 17,500 museums in the U.S., there's bound to be one that serves your interests [source: AAM].

From the Earth's core to outer space, museums provide exhibits on everything you could possibly think of -- African American history, the women's movement, contemporary art, American railroads, technology, zoology, sea life, antique cars and ancient cultures.

If you're interested in finding out more about your own heritage, you may consider volunteering somewhere like the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City, the Mexican Fine Arts Museum in Chicago, Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena or the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle.

Like politics? Turn off "West Wing" and start volunteering at one of the 13 U.S. presidential libraries and museums [source: The National Archive]. If telling war stories is your favorite pastime, why not look into donating time to the National Civil War, National World War II or National Vietnam War museums?

If you like studying particular leaders, institutions like the General George S. Patton Museum in Fort Knox, Ky. may be just the place [source: General George S. Patton Museum]. Those with a social activist streak may find gratifying work at places like the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles [source: Museum of Tolerance].

There are also museums dedicated to specific artists, such as the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. or the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, N.M [source: Georgia O'Keeffe Museum]. And if you're a little bit country, or a little bit rock 'n roll, don't forget the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn. or the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

Read on to find out the benefits of volunteering at a museum.