The Harvard Museum of Natural History was established in 1998 as the public face of three research museums: the Museum of Comparative Zoology, the Harvard University Herbaria, and the Mineralogical and Geological Museum. Presenting the incomparable collections of these parent museums and the research of scientists across the University, it has a mission to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the natural world and the human place in it, sparking curiosity and a spirit of discovery in people of all ages.
Today’s museum reflects both the history of its parents and an evolution toward a 21st century institution that presents cutting-edge research, addresses contemporary issues, and offers creative educational experience in a unique, intimate setting.
The museum believes in the power of museums to change the way we see and understand our world, and in the importance of close observation, of asking questions and, from the answers, generating new queries. Through their exhibits, programs, and classes for learners of all ages they encourage their visitors to look closer, dig deeper.
More than 190,000 visitors each year visit the museum. Their audience includes about 33,000 school children in groups; adults and children from throughout the region; and tourists from around the country and around the world.
How To Volunteer
The museum welcomes enthusiastic naturalists with various language backgrounds, interests, and levels of education to apply as volunteers. The minimum age for acceptance into the volunteer program is 16.
The majority of volunteers serve as Gallery Guides who engage visitors by interpreting the exhibits through hands-on activities, Nature Storytime readings, and other public programs.
Volunteers do not work behind-the-scenes with the scientific departments and curatorial staff.
If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the museum, you may attend an informational session—check our website for dates.
If you would like to learn more about volunteer and internship opportunities at the museum, complete the application and email or fax it to Carol Carlson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 384-7180.