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Become a Volunteer

Become a Volunteer

The unique talents of our volunteers help the Exploratorium offer its current level of services to the community.

A volunteer project at the Exploratorium is a marvelous opportunity to participate behind the scenes in this hands-on museum of science, art, and human perception. In exchange for contributing your time and sharing your talents, you can engage your curiosity by learning new things, interact with visitors and volunteers from around the world, and most of all, have fun!

The dynamic community of Exploratorium volunteers brings curiosity, enthusiasm, and dedication to its volunteer work, providing the museum with fresh perspectives and invaluable assistance. Recent volunteers have included welders, stockbrokers, architects, technical writers, research scientists, artists, teachers, and students. Everyone is welcome to apply (minimum age 15), including international volunteers. 

Read our notice of non-discrimination.


About the Volunteer Program

Volunteer projects vary throughout the year. There’s always a need for all types of skills and experiences, so you don’t need to be a scientist or an expert to apply. The program is flexible, matching available opportunities to your talent and availability. Volunteers often move on to another project or area of the museum after completing their initial assignments.

Volunteers help with a wide range of projects, from exhibit maintenance to administrative tasks, from educational programs to special events. Most volunteer projects begin with one-on-one training with a staff supervisor and then develop into independent work.


Volunteer Application Forms

Complete a volunteer application form online today to get involved at the Exploratorium!

Application forms are managed by Better Impact, not the Exploratorium. Please see Better Impact's privacy policy for further information.

Contact Us

Volunteer Department  
Fax: 415.528.4370 

Pier 17, Suite 100  
San Francisco, CA 94111-1455

We Love Our Volunteers

We'd like to give a shout-out to all of our Exploratorium volunteers—they help make a wide range of projects happen, from exhibit maintenance to administrative tasks, and from educational programs to special events. THANK YOU for being a part of our community!