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March/April 2024

The Volunteer Spirit

In diverse capacities, from gallery or informational guides to public programming support, volunteers often serve as museum ambassadors that bridge the institution to the community. Read on to learn about the motivations, challenges, and opportunities for volunteerism in museums.

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From the Editor:

Valuing our Volunteers

“This moment presents exciting opportunities for innovation and collaboration. Embracing change, nurturing a sense of community, and consistently aligning with the core values of purpose and social impact, museums can catalyze a new era of volunteerism—one that transcends boundaries and fosters enduring connections between volunteers, visitors, communities, and the museums that enrich their lives.”

» Read the full introduction to this issue from Museum’s editor, Dean Phelus.

Rethinking the Status Quo

Feature | Free to Read

by Jenny Woods, Brandi Shawn-Chaparro, and Abbey Earich

What does museum volunteer retention look like in a post-pandemic world?

Pride of Place

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Feature | by Tracy Ovenell

The Quincy Valley Historical Society & Museum is a community jewel that runs mainly on volunteer power.

Slowing Down With Intention

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by Claire M. D’Emic

Through reflective practice, the Green Teens volunteers at the Long Island Children’s Museum develop programming for visitors—and lifelong skills.

Welcoming Change

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by Valentina M. Quezada

The USC Pacific Asia Museum took a trust-building approach to working with docents on an evolving education program for student tours.

In Defense of Volunteerism

Point of View | 🔒 Member Login

by Chris Morehead

Volunteers play a vital role for museums, and museums need to prioritize their volunteer programs.

A Renewal in the Rebuilding

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by Michelle Carpenter

Docent programs that evolve with the times will continue to serve their museums and communities well.

Mar/Apr 2024 issue

By the Numbers:
Museum Volunteers

Explore some of the data from 5,340 museum volunteers who participated in the 2023 Annual Survey of Museum-Goers. (US adult educational attainment data from US Census Bureau.)

» Explore more Data Stories from the Annual Survey of Museum-Goers.


Volunteers are twice as likely as other museum visitors to say that museums have helped them gain civic empowerment.


of museum volunteers have a college degree, compared with 34% of all US adults.


Volunteers are 20% more likely than other museum visitors to say museums support the quality of life in their community.


is the median age of museum volunteers.

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