The Met is committed to welcoming audiences that reflect the diversity of New York City. Volunteers are a key partner in this mission, helping The Met create an inclusive environment where everyone can connect with art and find inspiration. We encourage people from all backgrounds and life experiences to apply to our volunteer programs. No experience is required, and training is offered for all programs. Volunteers perform a unique form of philanthropy that supports The Met and our visitors.
Why Volunteer at The Met?
- Be an ambassador for 5,000 years of global art by building personal connections and fostering community.
- Learn about The Met collection and exhibitions directly from curators, educators, and conservators.
- Meet people who share an interest in art and education.
- Attend free concerts and lectures (space allowing).
- Receive discounts at Met shops and restaurants.
Choose Your Volunteer Path
Museum Department Volunteer
Assist visitors at information desks and in the libraries, help with events and programs, or support curatorial and conservation staff.
Guided Tour Volunteer
Introduce school students (grades K–12) or adult visitors to The Met collection. Select and research artworks and engage visitors in one-hour conversations with the goal of making art relevant, meaningful, and inspiring. Lead tours in English or one of ten other languages.
81st Street Studio Volunteers
Engage in a new Volunteer opportunity at The Met! Help Met staff welcome visitors to the 81st Street Studio (opening September 2023) and support its function and programs. The 81st Street Studio is a new multisensory discovery and play space promoting learning through art and materiality, primarily designed for children ages 3 to 11 and their caregivers. The 81st Street Studio focuses on integrating science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM) and connect hands-on exploration with artworks in The Met collection. This exciting initiative will increase the family-friendliness of The Met by offering self-directed activities, along with Storytime at The Met, a beloved Museum tradition.
This volunteer opportunity entails a biweekly, three-hour volunteer commitment on weekdays or weekends. A combination of on-site, virtual, and self-directed training will be provided during Summer 2023. No prior experience needed.
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Health and Safety
The health and safety of Met staff and visitors is our top priority. All volunteers are expected to follow current COVID-19 safety protocols (please review the Visitor Guidelines).
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