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

Are you a life-long learner who loves art and history, enjoys interacting with the public, and wants to make a contribution to our community? The Whatcom Museum is currently considering applicants for our Spring 2019 docent training. As volunteer educators and ambassadors for the Museum, docents are committed to making art, history, ethnography, and natural history accessible and enjoyable for the Museum’s diverse audiences.  Docents commit to the following requirements:

  • A minimum of one year commitment to Museum service.
  • Become a Museum member.
  • Pay annual $20 docent program dues.
  • Attend training sessions, continuing education programs, Museum events, workshops, and openings to become familiar with exhibitions.
  • Adhere to a regular touring schedule. The number of shifts per year will be determined by exhibition scheduling needs.
  • Lead occasional private group tours.
  • Pass a WA State Patrol criminal background check.

Interested in applying? Download our Volunteer Docent Application and email to Sarah Hart, Manager of Education and Engagement, slhart@cob.org. The deadline to submit an application for our spring docent training is March 10, 2019.