Museums are an integral part of our lives. They remind us of the past, inspire future generations, and are sometimes just a great time. On Saturday, September 28th, hundreds of museums across the United States will offer free admission to the public (as long as you remember to get your ticket beforehand!).
In recognition of this yearly gift of educational fun, take a look at some of the opportunities currently posted on Idealist by museums. Apply for a few positions and you may find yourself designing exhibits instead of admiring them from afar.
If you’re into biotechnology, check out this job at the Museum of Science in Boston where you can work at a brand new exhibit called the Hall of Human Life. Head south to the Nutmeg State (that’s Connecticut) if you have an interest in the arts along with some fundraising experience.
Continue down the East Coast to New York City and you’ll discover dozens of museums in need of new employees. Try your hand at Community Management with the Brooklyn Museum, help commemorate New York’s fallen heros at the September 11 Memorial and Museum, or head to Long Island to encourage young people to pursue STEM careers with the Cradle of Aviation Museum.
The Washington, D.C. area is another great place to search for jobs with museums. The Montgomery County Historical Society is looking for a Shop Manager, the United States Capitol Historical Society needs a Development and Tour Coordinator, and the Phillips Collection could use somebody with Media Relations experience.
Of course, not all the great museums are located on the East Coast. Check out the Holocaust Museum in Dallas if you’re searching for a development position, or go north to Minneapolis if you have Systems Support experience and love art. The Field Museum in Chicago is currently displaying the most recently discovered mammal, and also just posted two jobs..
Idealists on the West Coast can help out kids as a Development Director at the Zimmer Children’s Museum in Los Angeles, get some exposure to art in San Francisco, or put their marketing degree to use at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle. Outdoors folk should investigate the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, which is in need of a new President and CEO.
If you’re not looking for a full-time job check out some of the internships currently active on Idealist. Interested in Texan history? Look into the Curriculum Planner internship with the Doss Heritage and Cultural Center in Weatherford.
You can get hands-on experience working on exhibits with the Museum of Creative Process in Manchester, Vermont, or coach youth volunteers at the Minnesota Children’s Museum in Saint Paul. Move a bit south to Chicago and give the Button Museum a hand in developing and expanding its digital archive.
In New York you can work at a world-class museum in the heart of the Adirondacks, apply to one of the three internships at the International Center of Photography, or learn about exhibition design with the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space.
Finally, if you want to help out one of your favorite museums as a volunteer, Idealist has you covered. Help encourage future innovation in America by staffing an event hosted by Charles River Museum in Boston, or welcome people as a Visitor Services Volunteer to the Jewish Museum in New York City. The Philadelphia History Museum happens to be looking for a Visitor Services Volunteer as well.
Farther west, you can guide people through the Phoenix heat and into the cool halls of the Arizona Capitol museum as a volunteer aide, or serve as a Programs Assistant with the International Museum of Women in San Francisco. You’ll be working on their new online exhibition, Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art & Voices.
Want to practice your acting chops? Suit up for some historical reenactment as a fur trader at the Grand Rapids Public Museum or check out the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum in Los Angeles. They need volunteers for a two-day living history event, “The Battle of Dominguez Rancho”.
So get out there and have some fun at a local museum! And while you’re having a great time this weekend, remember that these great institutions depend on your support.