Our Butterfly Pavilion and Nature Gardens are now open, and tickets are sold out for the season. The inside of the museum remains closed. Advanced timed-tickets are required for members and non-members. See NHMLAC's response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Volunteers - NHM

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Become a Volunteer!

Our Volunteer Program is currently on hiatus. Due to concerns regarding the ongoing pandemic situation, we will not be accepting new volunteer applications until early 2021. Please check this website at that time for updated information. If you have questions in the meantime, you are welcome to contact us at volunteer@nhm.org


At the Natural History Museum, feed your curiosity for the world while surrounded by dinosaurs, L.A. history, urban nature, and so much more!

  • Interpretive Volunteers Engage with visitors in the museum’s galleries. Share museum research and content stories using our award-winning exhibits and touchable objects. Opportunities to join regular shifts are available most days of the week.
  • Behind-the-Scenes Volunteers Support a wide variety of museum teams and work directly with our natural and cultural collections; organize artifacts, care for live animal ambassadors, prepare specimens, and so much more. Opportunities are dependent on project needs and availability.
  • Events and Programs Connect with thousands of visitors of all ages through our frequent evening and weekend programs. Opportunities like Bug Fair, Haunted Museum, and First Fridays occur throughout the year.
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Inspire a deeper look into our world

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Have experiences you won't find anywhere else

Volunteers at Dino Fest

Dive into programs like Dino Fest

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Build on your passion for learning new things

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Engage others with unique museum collections

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Become a science communicator

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Inspire a deeper look into our world

Have experiences you won't find anywhere else

Dive into programs like Dino Fest

Build on your passion for learning new things

Engage others with unique museum collections

Become a science communicator

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Being an NHM volunteer gives me a chance to feed my enthusiasm for knowledge.

—NHM Volunteer

Share your inspiration!

  • Develop your skills by participating in trainings led by renowned curatorial and education staff
  • Explore unique behind-the-scenes opportunities
  • Enrich your Volunteer experience by supporting museum programs
  • Become a Docent, one of our highest-achieving volunteers