Volunteer storyteller interacting with young people in the museum's Atrium

Volunteers are the backbone of the National Postal Museum, connecting visitors to the museum and its content! We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities based on your interest and skills.


Interested in joining the Postal Museum Volunteer Team? Please send resume and cover letter to Maggie Sigle, the Volunteer Coordinator, at siglem@si.edu.

Volunteer Benefits

In exchange for your valuable contribution of time and expertise you will receive:

  • 20% discount at all Smithsonian Shops
  • 10% discount on items at the National Gallery of Art and the Kennedy Center shops
  • Behind-the-scenes access to the Museum
  • Invitations to special programs and events

Highlights Tour

Highlights Tour Volunteers lead engaging 45-minute guided tours through the museum's galleries. Volunteers tell a unique narrative of postal history and stamp collecting through exhibitions, objects and props. Highlights tours are offered at twice daily at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.

If you are a great storyteller, this is the position for you!

Welcome Desk

Welcome Desk Volunteers greet and orient visitors as they enter the museum. Volunteers provide information about the Postal Museum, as well as maintain hand-outs at the desk and in the galleries. The Welcome Desk is open daily from 10am-5:30pm.

If you love helping people, this is the position for you!

Gallery Experience

Gallery Experience Volunteers work independently or in pairs to provide opportunities for short, visitor-driven interactions based on particular objects, activities or stories. Gallery Experiences happen daily on the floor of the museum as well as at Family Day public programs.

If you love meeting new people and need a flexible schedule, this is the position for you!

School Tour

School Tour Volunteers guide K-3 students through interactive field trips. Volunteers use museum objects and educational collections to introduce new approaches to understanding school topics. School tours are offered Tuesday through Friday in the morning.

If you have classroom experience and love working with children, this is the position for you!

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes Volunteers help out on internal projects in the museum’s Development, Collections, Curatorial, and Education departments. Some opportunities allow Volunteers to dedicate their time to the museum remotely.

If you have administrative and organizational skills, this is the position for you!