A volunteer docent leads a tour of the Museum’s “People of the Sea and Cedar” exhibition at the Lightcatcher.

More than 200 volunteers assist us annually with tasks working with our diverse visitor base, and behind the scenes. Activities range from cataloging and archiving, events, promotion, preparation of exhibits, tours and educational activities in the gallery spaces, one time and special projects, and more. The Whatcom Museum is very grateful to all those who donate their time and talent to our organization.

Looking to join the fun? If you are interested in a volunteering, complete the Volunteer Inquiry Form to share your time and talents!  Print and drop off at the Museum front desk, mail, or email.

Volunteer Highlighted Programs:

Museum Advocates

Founded in 1968, the Whatcom Museum Advocates (formerly the Guild) is an advocacy group whose purpose is to raise money to help underwrite museum operation costs and provide enriching public programs for museum members. A standing committee of the Whatcom Museum Foundation, the Advocates host museum openings and monthly programs, organize fundraising and special events, and contribute countless volunteer hours in support of the museum staff.

Monthly meetings are free to the public and held on the second Thursday of the month, September through June in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall. Meetings start at 11:30 AM with refreshments, followed by a program at noon. Please check our events calendar for current programs.

Museum Docents

If you love art, researching art and historical topics, and interacting with the public, or if you would like to develop these skills to lead engaging, interactive gallery tours, you should explore becoming a docent. The initial training involves 12 classes that meet weekly for 2 ½ hours. Museum Docents make a 12-month commitment to lead gallery tours to enhance our visitors’ museum experience. If you are interested in learning more about the Docent program, please contact Susanna Brooks, Director of Learning Innovation at 360.778.8944 or by email.