Volunteer Opportunities

The Indiana State Museum is the crossroads of everything interesting, educational and unique about the state. It’s a gathering place, a learning center, and family-friendly entertainment, all within a unique architectural treasure. With original works of art, hands-on exhibits and an atmosphere that invites exploration and discovery, the museum is an ever-evolving experience that offers something different and surprising at every visit. It is top-notch entertainment and education that enables us to see the world through Indiana eyes. We invite you to become a part of this exciting museum as a volunteer.

Volunteer Benefits

Volunteering at the Indiana State Museum offers many benefits:

  • Free annual membership after completion of 40 service hours; membership privileges include:
    • Free museum admission 
    • Admission to all 11 State Historic Sites
    • IMAX Theater discounts
    • Invitations to members-only events
  • Free parking when volunteering
  • Discount at the Farmer’s Market Café and the Indiana Store
  • Recognition as a valuable part of the Indiana State Museum team
  • Continuing education opportunities through our training programs and volunteer field trips
  • Letters of reference upon request
  • Documentation of hours available upon request for scholarship applications, service programs, and tax itemization

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Submit an adult application. Youth (ages 15-17) may submit a youth application. For information about these and other volunteer opportunities, please contact Charlie Shock, concierge and volunteer manager, at 317.233.9911.

Current Volunteers: Access Volgistics to sign up for shifts, check your schedule and manage your account.

Open Volunteer Positions include:


Information Desk Greeter

Be the warm, friendly face of the museum. Provide visitors with needed information and assistance. You will be asked to meet and exceed the expectations of all our guests by providing professional, courteous and knowledgeable service as a representative of a team that is committed to excellence.

Retail Store Volunteer

Help support the Indiana State Museum by volunteering at one of Indy’s most unique and inspiring gift shops! The Indiana Store, located in the Indiana State Museum, features locally made products hand-crafted by small business owners working to build their businesses as well as unique merchandise you won’t find anywhere else. We want YOU to be a part of it!   

Adult Program Volunteer - Closed

Do you enjoy 21+ events, after-hour experiences, quirky topics, community events or big parties? The Indiana State Museum is launching a new line of adult programs and series that are all of that and more! We are looking for volunteers ages 21+ who are interested in staffing galleries, facilitating themed activities, serving as event greeters and other roles that help make our adult programs come alive. 21+ age requested due to presence of alcohol at events. If you are 18 or over and still interested please email Marcy Dodson for more information about ways to be involved.

Naturalist’s Lab Host - Closed

You will assist visitors of all ages with a variety of interactive activities in the Naturalist’s Lab. Use general knowledge of Indiana’s natural history, including biology, geology and paleontology.

Outreach Ambassador - Closed

You will promote the Indiana State Museum & Historic Sites (ISMHS) at a variety of outreach events across the state. Generate interest in all current and upcoming programs, events, and exhibitions at the ISMHS.

Photographer - Closed

Experienced photographer to help document ISMHS events, programs and offerings. You will photograph a diverse range and age of people enjoying their visits at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis or any of our Historic sites in Evansville, Corydon, New Albany, Rome City, Madison, Fountain City, Geneva, New Harmony, Nashville, Vincennes and Metamora. As a photographer, you must be able to capture visitors’ engagement in an authentic and un-posed style. You must have your own camera and the ability to upload photos to Dropbox. You will be asked to provide a brief photo portfolio and sign a photography use agreement prior to engagement as volunteer photographer.

Program Support Team - Closed

The Program Support Team is an important part of our volunteer program. You will assist with preparatory and behind-the-scenes work for various museum departments – from preparing materials for activity tables/workshops to administrative support.

School Group Volunteer - Closed

Thousands of K-12 students visit the museum every year, and it’s our job to get them in the building and on the right track to a great visit. This position helps welcome school groups, answer questions and provide directions, and unloads lunches from the buses.

Special Events - Closed

You will provide support during special museum events, such as Celebration Crossing, Canal Nights, Pinewood Derby, Art Fair, GeoFest, Day of the Dead, Heroes in the Heartland, and others. Special events provide volunteers with unique opportunities to interact with guests such as helping a younger visitor race their Pinewood Derby car down our two-story track, participating in festive activities at our holiday programs, or engaging with visitors as you answer questions.

Celebration Crossing - Closed

Many positions are needed to ensure a successful holiday season at the museum. Brief descriptions are below, and additional information is available upon request.

  • Engineer: Responsible for the safe operation of the Santa Claus Express train. Volunteer must be at least 16 years old.
  • Conductor #1 and #2: Assist visitors with boarding and exiting the train to ensure safe practices are being followed for passenger safety.
  • Photographer: Capture special moments for guests visiting with Santa Claus in Santa’s House.
  • Santa’s Workshop Host: Engage with visitors participating in the many activities, including crafts and the Imagination Playground, available in Santa’s Playground.
  • Holiday Characters: Spread holiday cheer as you perform as a holiday-themed and/or costumed character throughout the museum.
  • Santa’s House Helper: Assist guests in obtaining their photos with Santa, fun activities and general directions as needed.