• Docent giving tour in the galleries
  • Docent giving a group tour in the Putnam gallery
  • Docent discussing the collection
  • Volunteer with school group
  • Docent leading tour group in Yin Yu Tang house



Volunteers are an integral part of life at PEM and are welcome in almost every department. If you have time, spend it in the enriching and creative environment of the nation's oldest and fastest-growing museum. You could help read stories to children, lead tours, organize art-making projects or attract new members. Curatorial departments also welcome volunteers with a special interest in American, maritime, Asian, contemporary, Native American, Southeast Asian and Korean art. Volunteers might also be interested in exhibitions and research, the Art & Nature Center, marketing, the Museum Shop and other departments. There's always something to do!

Applicants interested in general volunteer opportunities should complete a Volunteer Application and mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970-3783.

Volunteer Application (PDF Format)