Volunteering at the MFAH

Each year, more than 1,000 people contribute to the cultural vibrancy of this great city by donating their time to the MFAH. Men and women of different backgrounds, from high school students to retirees, help the Museum to meet its goal of bringing art into the lives of people throughout Houston’s communities. At the MFAH, volunteer opportunities encompass a broad range of abilities and interests. Options include leading tours of the Museum galleries, helping in the gift shop, assisting with clerical duties, greeting guests, and facilitating children’s art projects. Museum volunteers contribute a minimum of 20 hours per year. For details, please scroll down to the Opportunities sections.

How to Apply

To become an MFAH volunteer, first complete and submit an online application. Next, you will be invited to attend an orientation session. This important step is required for all prospective volunteers so that you can learn about the available opportunities, tour volunteer areas of the Museum, and meet the Volunteer Services Department staff. Orientation sessions are held about once a month.

Volunteer Opportunities for Teens

Although most volunteer openings at the MFAH are geared toward adults, certain events are perfect for younger volunteers. If you are between the ages of 13 and 17, please submit an online application, as well as the volunteer expectations and waiver forms. If you are under 18, a parent or guardian must sign the waiver and application, as well. Once the Museum receives your paperwork via e-mail, fax, or USPS, your online application will be approved. You will be contacted via e-mail when volunteer opportunities arise for your age group.

Some of these activities include family days at the Museum and Bayou Bend; the annual Holiday Party for Museum members; and the annual Children's Party at Bayou Bend. Contact volunteers@mfah.org or 713.639.7507 for more details.

Volunteer Opportunities for Adults

The invaluable service provided by volunteers is critical to the Museum's success on a daily basis. Many different options are available throughout the year, including family days at the Museum, Rienzi, and Bayou Bend; the Bayou City Art Festival; and assistance in the Museum's offices, archives, and retail shop. A complete list of opportunities is available here, and you can contact volunteers@mfah.org or 713.639.7507 for more details.

What is a Volunteer Docent?

Docents are volunteer Museum educators who engage visitors of all ages in conversations and active explorations about art. The docent training program encompasses art history as well as touring methods and techniques, so each docent is fully prepared to facilitate enriching gallery experiences. You are invited to join the dedicated corps of docents and to discover a world of art. Contact docents@mfah.org if you have any questions. Please note: The MFAH is not recruiting a new docent class for the 2021–2022 school year.

Take a closer look at the MFAH Docent Program.

Find out about the Bayou Bend Docent Organization.

Learn about the Rienzi Docent Program.