The museum relies on the dedication and commitment of volunteers to help in a multitude of ways. We offer a wide range of opportunities listed below that are subject to availability and applicant’s qualifications. Training is provided by staff.
As an active volunteer you will receive the following benefits:
• Free admission to the Guggenheim Museum for you and your guests (2–4)
• Invitations to selected Guggenheim openings
• Admission to Guggenheim Museum public programs, when available
• Liberal discounts in the Guggenheim Store and Cafe
• Free admission to most museums in New York
WAYS TO VOLUNTEER
Visitor Experience Surveys
The Visitor Services Department at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum issues visitor experience surveys on a daily basis. These surveys cover varying topics (e.g. exhibition design, dining, security, etc.) and help the museum collect valuable details regarding visitors’ perceptions of and reactions to their museum visit. This feedback contributes to the development of future museum initiatives.
If you enjoy visiting museums, interacting with people, and are patient, approachable, and customer service-oriented, this might be a fun assignment to consider.
If you are interesting in volunteering in this way, please send your resume, a cover letter, and this Volunteer Application to VSVolunteer@guggenheim.org. A minimum commitment of 1 year is preferred.
Assistive Listening Devices, Daily Tours
Support the Guggenheim Museum’s commitment to the accessibility of daily public tours. As a volunteer, you will coordinate the use of assistive listening devices (ALDs) during public tours: pass out devices to all tour visitors, ensure that devices are working properly, and accompany tours to accommodate visitors leaving or joining the group. We are seeking volunteers to cover a required minimum of 3 shifts per month. 2-hour shifts are offered from 1:30-3:30 pm every day except Thursday. The museum requires a minimum 6-month commitment from all volunteers. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Please note that this position requires standing and walking on hard floors, and carrying a bag of ALDs for the length of the shift.
Please forward letter of interest including a bit about your background to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Programs Gallery Assistant
Assist Education Department staff with Family Programs in the galleries by informing family visitors about any relevant programs including drop-in programs, guided tours, or “on your own” options like Family Activity Packs and printed Activity Guides. The Family Programs assistant will provide families with information about current exhibitions and creative, age-appropriate activities that are available to them. A four-hour commitment on either Saturday or Sunday and a keen interest in talking with parents and kids are required
Please contact email@example.com
Information Desk Assistant
Answer visitors' questions about the museum's architecture, current exhibitions, and permanent collection, as well as general inquiries about New York City by assisting at the Information Desk in the Rotunda. A 4-hour commitment once a week is required. Daily, except Thursday, when the museum is closed.
If you are interesting in volunteering in this way, please send your resume, a cover letter, and with this Volunteer Application to VSVolunteer@guggenheim.org. A minimum commitment of 1 year is preferred.
Aye Simon Reading Room
Assist museum visitors in the Reading Room designed by Richard Meier, located on the second ramp in the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed building. Books and catalogues are available on current and past exhibitions, the permanent collection, artists, and the architecture of the building. A once-a-week commitment is required. Daily shifts are from 10 am–12:30 pm, 12:30–3 pm and 3–5:30 pm. The museum is closed on Thursday.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer one day a week to participate in a well-regarded art program for children in NYC public elementary schools which is managed by the Guggenheim’s Education department. Volunteer responsibilities include assisting a teaching artist to conduct curriculum-based art workshops, monitoring art supplies, encouraging students one-on-one or in small groups, assisting with image and content research, hanging in-school student art exhibitions, and staffing LTA events, including Family Days. Volunteer applicants will be considered on a rolling basis but are encouraged to apply in early September. Please submit resume with application. One academic year (September to May), once a week commitment is required. Monday through Friday only.
For more information visit: www.guggenheim.org/lta.
Provide self-guided tour groups (adults and students) with rules of the museum and a brief introduction to the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed architecture. A twice-a-week commitment is required from 10:30 am–12:30 pm, Mon–Fri (not including Thurs). Some afternoons may be necessary. Training by staff.