Volunteer at TAM

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You love art, we love art. What a perfect match!

Tacoma Art Museum is currently looking for qualified volunteers to help us realize our mission of connecting people through art. As a volunteer, you’ll explore new areas of interest, meet stimulating people, get involved with Tacoma’s cultural community, attend social and educational events, and learn marketable skills.

Volunteer hours are available on both a regular and on-call basis during weekdays and weekends. Most opportunities are during the day, but some evening hours are also available. Tacoma Art Museum intakes new volunteers quarterly, in January, April, July, and October. Join Us Today!

Volunteer Requirements

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Successfully pass a criminal history background check
  • Complete our online application, attend an interview, an orientation, and continuing trainings, as needed
  • Serve a minimum of 24 volunteer hours (in addition to required trainings) in 12 months
  • Provide a current email address and agree to check emails regularly
  • Docents/Tour Guides must comply with all of the above requirements and attend bi-monthly 2-hour trainings, and complete additional service hours

Volunteer Benefits

  • Free access to public exhibition galleries during regular museum hours
  • 15% discount in TAM Store (excluding all consignment items) and 10% discount in TAM Cafe
  • Free gift membership at the “Friend” level for volunteers who have met their service requirements for at least 6 months (awarded annually in June and January)
  • Behind-the-scenes access and advance notice of special TAM programs and exhibitions
  • Notification of insider updates through eNews and member mail
  • Access to curators, scholars, artists, and TAM staff through trainings and volunteer program opportunities
  • Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner and award ceremony in June
  • During National Volunteer Week, volunteers may take their TAM badge from the museum to receive admission to most area museums and some local attractions for free
  • The satisfaction of contributing to TAM’s role as a cultural anchor in Tacoma’s thriving arts community

Volunteer Opportunities

Docent (Tour Guide)

Being a docent is an art lover’s dream. Lead conversation-based tours for students and adults that inspire creative thinking and empower visitors to draw personal meaning from original works of art. Learn about new exhibitions directly from curators and scholars, spend time in the galleries, explore strategies for engaging visitors, and share your knowledge with tour groups.

This volunteer role requires specialized ongoing training and a two-year commitment. Successful docents are life-long learners who enjoy public speaking and working with youth. Learn More

TAM Studio Volunteer

Share your love of art in TAM Studio. Guide visitors of all ages through hands-on art making activities inspired by artworks on view in the Museum. TAM Studio volunteers also help maintain the art supplies and tidy the workstations as needed.

Successful TAM Studio attendants want to share their enthusiasm for art with people of all ages. They understand the different stages of development for various age groups and can communicate effectively with visitors. These volunteers have an eye for detail and are self-motivated.

Special Events Volunteer

Share in our success by helping with programs such as community festivals, exhibition openings, and other celebrations. Depending on your strengths and interests, there is a volunteer position for you. Assist in setup, serve refreshments and food, hand out materials, greet visitors, take tickets, and answer questions. Seating is available for some special-event volunteer opportunities.

Successful special-event volunteers share their positive energy with visitors to ensure that everyone has a great time. They are flexible, self-motivated and willing to lend a hand wherever it’s needed.

Join Us Today!

Complete an online application, and find the volunteer opportunities that best suit your passions and interests!

Tacoma Art Museum strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in careers related to museums and the visual arts.

For more information, contact us at 253-272-4258 x3026 or