Volunteering at CHM

Volunteers bring skills, life experience, and energy to supporting the Museum’s mission and the work of our staff, and their time and talent are an integral part of our success. If you are college-age or older, have some free time either during the week or on the weekend, and are looking for a rewarding, enriching experience, then volunteering at the Museum may be for you.

Current Opportunities

Training and Commitment

Positions range from a six month to a one year commitment in light of the training involved. Training may include seminars with talks from guest speakers, artifact-handling sessions, mentoring, and other tutoring. The weekly hourly commitment varies per position, but most volunteers commit an average of three to six hours per week.

How to Apply

It’s easy to apply! If you are interested in volunteering at the Chicago History Museum, please follow the link above. After you complete and submit the volunteer application, the volunteer office will keep your application on file for at least six months. If a position that matches your application becomes available, you will be contacted about next steps, which will likely include an interview and contacting of your references.

Volunteer Benefits

  • 15 percent discount in the Museum Store
  • Discounted prices to Chicago History Museum programs
  • Invitations to special events, exhibition openings, and receptions
  • Chicago History magazine
  • Invitations to annual volunteer recognition events
  • Opportunities for free and low-fee enrichment programs and excursions
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