Whether you have 2 or 200 hours to spare, there's a place for you in our volunteer program. Our volunteers makeup the face of our museum, engage with guests, work with artifacts, and put their talents to work for something they believe in...us!

Volunteer Opportunities

We have a continuous need for reliable volunteers to work with visitors in "front-of-house" positions.  Our docents greet visitors, answer questions, help in the gift shop, and may even give tours to groups of all ages.  Typically, volunteer docents commit to regular shifts over a medium- to long-term period. Once trained, volunteer tour guides may be able to choose tour times and create a flexible schedule.


Volunteers help staff our frequent events and educational programs.  These may be continuing or one-time commitments, but are always engaging and fun.

We sometimes need volunteers for short-term work that varies. It could be anything from hanging posters in local businesses or preparing materials in advance for education programs. Lots of possibilities, in small packages, to fit your schedule.

If you want to volunteer and have professional skills you think would be useful to the museums but want to design your own participation, please get in touch! We're open to collaborating to find an opportunity that matches your interests.


  • Free parking in the IMU parking ramp while you're volunteering
  • As you build up hours, qualify for our volunteer thank-you prizes
  • UI service programs
  • High school service program qualifications

Application process

We ask volunteers to fill out a standard application form. Our volunteer positions typically also require a criminal background check. Please contact us at old-capitol-museum@uiowa.edu to find out more or to sign up!