The Museum welcomes volunteers to help with all of its activities. For information about any of the membership groups, call (215) 389-1776 or email. You may also email the group directly at the email listed in the description.

For members of the Museum, membership groups organize and run Museum events throughout the year and continuously provide support to the Museum. Volunteering is a wonderful way for members to share Swedish interests and traditions.

Volunteer Opportunities

Visitor Services Volunteers in this vital position are the face of the organization. Key responsibilities include staffing the front desk, greeting visitors to the museum, answering the Museum’s main phone line, answering general questions, and helping with clerical projects. This opportunity would be ideal for outgoing people with basic computer skills. For more information, please contact our Volunteer Manager.

Gift Shop Gift shop volunteers are needed to help maintain a quality shopping experience for ASHM visitors. Gift shop duties include inventory management, creating advantageous displays, assisting visitors with purchases, and helping to staff the shop during special events. This opportunity would be perfect for people with experience or interest in retail, display design, and point of sales operating systems. Training is provided. For more information, please contact our Volunteer Manager.

Education Docents School field trips are an important way for students to learn about history and Swedish culture. The ASHM provides educational experiences for children grades K-12 through programs focusing on a range of topics such as Viking explores, the New Sweden colony, Swedish holiday traditions, and an introduction to the beloved children’s literature character Pippi Longstocking. The Museum is developing a spring and fall seasonal volunteer education docent program and is looking for a team of dedicated and excited volunteers to help conduct tours. This opportunity would be a great fit for enthusiastic people with a flexible schedule who are good at working with children, comfortable with public speaking, and willing to learning new program material. For more information, please contact our Volunteer Manager.

Museum Exhibit Projects The ASHM curatorial department is looking for volunteers who can help with exhibit instillation, construction, and deconstruction. The Museum is preparing to change its rotating exhibit space and can use extra hands to help with the careful packing of the Josef Frank exhibit. Exhibit volunteers should be comfortable with manual labor and lifting. For more information, please contact our Volunteer Manager.

Collections and Exhibit Research ASHM houses thousands of fascinating artifacts. Sometimes more information is known about certain objects than others. Research on collection items is a great way to strengthen intuitional knowledge and volunteers are needed to help with the process. Research assistance is also needed with our upcoming immigration in Philadelphia exhibit. Research projects would be a great opportunity for volunteers with library and online research skills and experience. For more information, please contact our Volunteer Manager.

Basic Building Repair ASHM is looking for a volunteer to help with minor miscellaneous repairs and building projects throughout the Museum. This would be the perfect volunteer opportunity for a person who is good with tools and has basic craftsman skills. For more information, please contact our Volunteer Manager.

The Auxiliary The Auxiliary began in 1935 and has a rich history of supporting the Museum. It hosts the ASHM Lucia Festival and Christmas Market (Julmarknad) in December and three luncheons a year.The Auxiliary is currently looking for member volunteers to help with Lucia Festival. If interested please contact LaVonne Johnson at Lucia mailbox or call the museum at 215-389-1776.

MidsommarklubbenMidsommarklubben is the Swedish-speaking volunteer group that hosts the annual ASHM Midsommarfest in June and the Julbord (Christmas Dinner) in December.

Genealogy Club. ASHM members interested in researching their Swedish and Swedish-American ancestors began the Genealogy Club in September 1994. Meetings are open to the public and include lectures, discussions and time to share information.
Email the Genealogy Club

The Swedish Museum Singers. The Swedish Museum Singers like to distinguish themselves by learning and performing native Swedish folk songs. The choir performs annually for the Christmas and Valborg celebrations, and rehearses weekly at the Museum.
Email the Swedish Museum Singers

The Pea Soup Committee. This volunteer group comes together every winter to organize and run the annual Pea Soup and Punsch Dinner held in January.

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