Cincinnati Museum Center

1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45203-1138
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Our missionCincinnati Museum Center inspires people of all ages to learn more about the world through science; regional history; and educational, engaging and meaningful experiences.

Cincinnati Museum Center

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Youth Volunteer Program

Students who enter this long-term college/career prep program are trained to have an impact on the Museum Center’s youngest visitors. Participants are taught early childhood theory, developing and presenting educational demonstrations to the visitors.
  • Occasional, Weekly
  • Teens
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Gallery Activities Volunteer

Love sharing your knowledge of science, art and Cincinnati history to guests of all ages? You'll work alongside staff to deliver quality programs to families, adults and children of all ages. **Volunteers must train as Museum Ambassadors before entering a track.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Museum Ambassador

We're looking for a welcoming, informed, guest-oriented and engaging Museum Ambassador to make a difference in our visitors’ experience. Spend time across all our museums, from our late-Jurassic Galeamopus to our historical Public Landing or help our smallest guests in Little Sprouts Farm.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Labs & Maker Volunteer

Are you overflowing with creative ideas? Do you love bringing looks of awe and wonder to guests’ faces through hands-on activities? You'll facilitate open-ended, process-based experiences in our creative play lab KidSPACE, conduct experiments in our STEM lab and dive deep into historical Cincinnati makers in our History in the Making Classroom. You will work alongside our staff to take your talents in science, art and making to the next level with our guests. **Volunteers must train as Museum Ambassadors before entering a track.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays

Greeter

You'll help by assisting with welcoming guests, answering questions, providing directional information, and distributing promotional materials. Individuals must be outgoing, friendly and possess the ability to communicate with groups of all sizes and abilities. (Accommodations can be made for those who cannot stand for long periods.)
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekends

Featured Exhibit Volunteer

As a volunteer, you'll be interacting with guests, answering content and directional questions, and ensuring the safety of artifacts. You'll work alongside staff to welcome and engage with guests in our temporary and traveling exhibits. Exhibits change regularly so there is always something exciting and new.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

School & Teacher Partnership Volunteer

Do you love engaging groups of school-aged children in science, art, culture, and history? Are you an amazing group greeter and wayfinder? As a volunteer, you'll work alongside our School and Teacher Partnerships team to deliver content that connects to our galleries, exhibits, and school curriculum.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays

Shows & Interpretation Volunteer

Do you love to dress in period costumes? Are science stage-shows your jam? Does the thought of being on a stage float your boat? You'll work closely with our staff to deliver quality exhibit interpretations by giving context and a personal touch to the information presented. Behind-the-scenes help is welcome for those with costume repair and script-writing experience. **Volunteers must train as Museum Ambassadors before entering a track.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Parking Assistant

You'll help by assisting guests with the parking machines, welcoming guests and answering questions. This position takes place outside. (Accommodations can be made for those who cannot stand for long periods)
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekends

Ticket Taker

Youll help by scanning tickets, checking Member Passes and identification, answering questions, providing directional information, and distributing promotional materials. Individuals must be outgoing, friendly and possess the ability to communicate with groups of all sizes and abilities. (Accommodations can be made for those who cannot stand for long periods.)
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekends
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Museum Ambassador Program (MAP)

 Museum Ambassador Program (MAP): All museum gallery volunteers begin here! We need welcoming, informed, guest-oriented and engaging Museum Ambassadors to make a difference in our visitors’ experience. Every volunteer begins by learning about our Quality Standards, welcoming everyone we interact with and maintaining a safe and clean environment for our guests. Spend time across all… See full description
  • Education, Enrichment (Arts), Event support
  • Birth to 5, Elementary (5-10), Middle School, High School, College, Professionals
  • Different Single Students, Different Small Groups, Different Large Groups
  • Nonprofit
  • Individuals
  • 1 Semester, 1 School Year, 1 Full Year, More Than A Year
  • 2+ Hours/Week
  • Weekday Mornings, Weekday Afternoons, Weekday Evenings, Weekends
  • Moderate
How you helpVolunteers are a vital part of our institution. Without this special group of dedicated people, the Cincinnati Museum Center would not be able to fulfill its mission. Join us to find out about our current volunteer opportunities and how you can become part of our team! No prior volunteer experience is necessary—just enthusiasm and an avid interest in the activities and programs we offer.
About usCincinnati Museum Center is a one-of-a-kind, multi-museum complex housed in Union Terminal, a historic Art Deco train station, and National Historic Landmark. Museum Center is the largest cultural institution in the city of Cincinnati, with more than 1.4 million visitors per year. Our permanent and temporary exhibits are supported and complemented by state-of-the-art collections and research facility, the Geier Collections & Research Center, educational programs, professional development programs for teachers, day and overnight camps, public lectures and programs, tours of historic sites and community-wide cultural events. Museum Center’s collection encompasses more than 1.8 million artifacts, artworks and archives and is incorporated into our exhibition, research and education programs.
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