Join & Give / Volunteer

Volunteering is a fun and rewarding way to become part of Mingei International Museum. You can support Museum programs and activities by donating your time and talents, and enjoy enrichment meetings with guest speakers and opportunities to meet other volunteers from a variety of backgrounds and cultural experiences.

For more information about the volunteer program, contact the Volunteer Coordinator and indicate your skills and primary interests.

Volunteer opportunities at Mingei International Museum include:

  • Residents’ Free Tuesday
    Volunteers check IDs at the Museum entrance, greet guests and staff the Membership Table on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.
  • Family Sunday
    Volunteers greet and assist guests participating in Family Sunday activities on the 3rd Sunday of each month.
  • Library, Archives, and Digitization
    Volunteers support library staff. Hands-on training is provided. Library experience is helpful.
  • Special Events
    Volunteers assist in a variety of ways at Museum exhibition opening receptions and exhibition-related programs.
  • The Collectors’ Gallery
    Volunteers support the sales staff and enhance the Museum store environment. Retail experience is helpful; hands-on training is provided.
  • Mailing and Office Assistance
    Volunteers help with membership mailings and other administrative projects.


Online Application for Volunteers

Docent Council

Docents are trained guides and educators, offering complimentary tours to museum visitors on a daily basis. Museum Docents provide a general introduction to the Museum’s mission, history and collection by interpreting current exhibitions for visitors of all ages. The Museum offers a ten-month Docent Training Program that focuses on a variety of learning styles and approaches, combining hands-on experiences with demonstrations, research, visual analysis and best practices in visitor engagement.

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