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ORGANIZATION: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

  • 22 people are interested

The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden (MVHMG) preserves and interprets travel, leisure, work and play in diverse antebellum New York. The Museum shares and promotes historical knowledge for the education and enjoyment of the public through engaging interpretation and programs. The Museum presents its 1799 building and grounds as the Mount Vernon Hotel, which served day customers and travelers from 1826 to 1833.

The MVHMG is looking to fill several volunteer interpreter positions. Our volunteer interpreters (docents) are the face and voice of the Museum. While learning about NYC history, they work with the public to deliver engaging tours and public programs, and help in the Museum gift shop (training provided).


- Enthusiasm for history and museum interpretation.

- A willingness to learn and share history with others.

- Volunteers must be 18 years or older.

- Excellent communication skills.

- Ability to attend required training sessions.

- Basic computer skills required (an email address and basic internet skills).

- Knowledge of Spanish a plus (but not required).

A regular 3-hour shift is available (two times per month), as well as fill-in opportunities (as needed). Please note that a commitment of nine months to a year is required. This position requires standing for periods of time and climbing stairs.

Benefits: Training in museum interpretation and admission/gift shop sales; free admission to many of the MVHMG public programs; complimentary admission to many NYC museums via Museum ID card; MVHMG shop discount; and the opportunity to work with people interested in history and museums.

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About Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden


421 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065, US

Mission Statement

The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden (MVHM) celebrates life in 19th-century New York and educates the community through relevant interpretation and preservation of the only remaining historic day hotel in Manhattan.


The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden occupies a unique niche in New York City as one of only several surviving 18th century buildings and only example of a day hotel from the 1820s-30s in Manhattan. Unlike most historic sites, which were private homes, the Mount Vernon Hotel was a public place where workers and visitors exchanged news and information.


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421 East 61st StreetNew York, NY 10065




  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 9 months to 1-year commitment

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