Our museums remain closed due to COVID-19. While LA County Public Health has entered Phase 3 of the Roadmap to Recovery, allowing for the reopening of museums on June 12, our museums are still slowly welcoming back staff and are in the process of planning for new health and safety protocols in our galleries and gardens. Therefore, we will not be reopening until later in the summer. Sign up here to be the first to know when we will safely re-open to the public and in the meantime, stay connected from home.

Volunteers - NHM

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Become a Volunteer!

Our Volunteer Program is temporarily on hiatus. New applications will be kept on file, and all applicants will be contacted about becoming a Museum volunteer when the program returns to normal operations.


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

Please note: our Volunteer Program is temporarily on hiatus. New applications will be kept on file, and all applicants will be contacted about becoming a Museum volunteer when the program returns to normal operations.

Get involved today! Here's how you get started

  • Submit an application for NHM (must be 16 years or older to apply)
  • Attend volunteer orientation and complete background check
  • Commit to a weekly shift that fits within your schedule
  • Start working with our guests and collections