WHO WE ARE
The Harvard Museum of Natural History was established in 1998 as the public face of three research museums: the Museum of Comparative Zoology, the Harvard University Herbaria, and the Mineralogical & Geological Museum. Presenting these incomparable collections and the research of scientists across the University, the Harvard Museum of Natural History’s mission is to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the natural world and the human place in it, sparking curiosity and a spirit of discovery in people of all ages.
Today’s museum reflects both the history of its affiliate museums and an evolution toward a twenty-first-century institution that presents cutting-edge research, addresses contemporary issues, and offers creative educational experience in a unique, intimate setting.
Each year, more than 250,000 people take advantage of all that the Harvard Museum of Natural History has to offer. Visitors include more than 40,000 school children in groups; adults and children from throughout the region; and tourists from around the country and the world.
The Harvard Museum of Natural History is the most-visited attraction at Harvard—for its historical collections, its temporary exhibitions, and its new permanent galleries.
The Harvard Museum of Natural History is a member of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture.
Our volunteers have diverse backgrounds with different skills and interests. Volunteers provide a personalized experience for our visitors whether it be hands-on activities, facilitating drawing in the galleries or welcoming guests to our compelling public programs.
Please note, HMSC volunteers do not work with collections or behind-the-scenes with the research museums.
How to Apply
If you would like to apply for volunteer opportunities at the museums, complete the application form and email to Carol Carlson or fax it to (617) 496-8308. Candidates will submit a completed application (see above), be invited to meet with the Volunteer Program Coordinator for a 45-minute interview, and, as appropriate, be accepted to attend a training for the desired volunteer role.
- Minimum Age is 16
- Completed Application Form
- Interview with Volunteer Coordinator
- Attend a mandatory Volunteer Orientation Training & Harvard Museum of Natural History Tour
HMSC Volunteer Program Information Session
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The Harvard Museums of Science and Culture encourages persons with disabilities to participate in programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation to participate as a volunteer, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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