Volunteer Opportunities

Pr Mphoto Dome Museum

We love volunteers! If you'd like to help the museum and have fun hanging out with us, please click on any event below to sign up. If you have any questions about volunteering, please email or call Volunteer Coordinator Nichelle O'Saurus or Ruth Bittner .

To sign up for or check on an event , click on the event title below , or contact Nichelle at 309-863-3028  or Ruth at 309-863-3005.

Volunteer Opportunities

4th of July Backyard BBQ 2024

It's time once again to prepare for the annual 4th of July Backyard BBQ fireworks show fundraising event! It takes lots of volunteers to pull off this event, one of our biggest days of the year. We need helpers with checking people in, serving as ushers/ticket takers at the planetarium and GST, helping to sell beverages, and more. Please click to see the whole list and sign up! Volunteers get into the event for free.

Second Sundays - Access for All - Greeters & Gallery Attendants

The Second Sunday of every month is now Access for All Day at the Museum! Thanks to a generous gift from the ArtBridges Foundation, admission to the Museum is now free on the second Sunday of every month. We expect big crowds on these days, and we could use some extra help with greeting visitors and helping people visit the galleries. 

Field Trip/Group Tour Guide

Do you enjoy sharing your enthusiasm for art, science and history with kids? Get trained on our current exhibits, and then come in and lead gallery tours for student group visitors; also for occasional adult groups. Sign up for some slots and email or call Everley Davis at 309-863-3034 for more information and to schedule training.

Docent/Gallery Attendant

Share your enthusiasm for the Riverfront Museum with visitors to the galleries! Sign up for shifts as a gallery attendant between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, Tuesdays through Sundays, per the schedule.  There's no need for special expertise in the content - you'll have plenty of time to learn about and enjoy the exhibits while you're here. Your main job is to be friendly and welcoming and help guests enjoy their museum experience.

To sign up for days before June 30, 2024, click here.

Greeter/Lobby Greeter

Be the first friendly face visitors see as they enter the museum from the parking garage, or when they get to the lobby! If you prefer to be able to sit during your volunteer opportunity, our Welcome Desk is a great option for you. Help visitors find their way, hand out brochures, and welcome people to the museum.

To sign up for days before June 30, 2024, click here.

Museum Store

Museum Store Volunteers provide many essential services to Museum visitors and patrons. Store volunteers work side-by-side with staff to help create an excellent customer experience by greeting and assisting guests who visit the Museum Store. Volunteers learn to work with the computerized cash register as well as help maintain a neat and tidy appearance in the Museum Store. You must be 18 years of age to serve as a Museum Store Volunteer. Please contact Nichelle at 309-863-3028 or Ruth at 309-863-3005 for more information.

Office Assistant

Help office staff with tasks such as folding brochures, stuffing envelopes for mailing, filing, and other duties as assigned. Please contact Nichelle at 309-863-3028 or Ruth at 309-863-3005 for more information.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

If there's another volunteer duty that might interest you - perhaps making phone calls, helping with landscaping tasks, helping with the Giant Screen Theater, Planetarium, or Collections, or other ideas you might have - please contact Nichelle at 309-863-3028 or Ruth at 309-863-3005 to discuss it.