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Lee-Fendall House Museum

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Lee-Fendall House Museum

The Lee-Fendall House Museum is looking for volunteers to research collection objects at this historic house museum in support of its mission of serving as a historic, cultural, and educational resource for the community.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Develop a solid knowledge of the museum, its history, and the collection in order to maximize research efforts.
  • Conduct research on historic objects within the collection as directed.
  • Photograph collection objects.
  • Make changes/additions to PastPerfect collections management database as directed.
  • Ensure the safety and security of the collection, and follow best practices when moving or handling objects.
  • Attend training as scheduled by the museum staff.
  • May provide other collections assistance as needed, such as routine inventory and cleaning.


Manager of Education & Public Programs


  • Must enjoy working in a museum setting.
  • Research experience is required, as well as knowledge of history or art history.
  • Experience working with museum collections is preferred, but not required.

Time Commitment:

Volunteers are expected to work a minimum of 6-10 hours per month. Hours and schedule are self-determined but time spent researching at the museum must occur within the museum’s normal hours of operation: Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM-4 PM or Sunday from 1-4PM.


Training and guidance will be provided by museum staff, with a special emphasis on collections handling. Research guidelines and research report templates are provided upon start date. Access to free wi-fi is available at the museum but volunteers are expected to bring their own phone, tablet, or laptop if performing internet research on-site.


  • Free on-site parking
  • 10% discount in the museum shop
  • Free admission to the museum and special tours.
  • Free admission to many regional museums and historic sites.

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Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden614 Oronoco St.Alexandria, VA 22314



  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • History
  • Research


  • People 55+


  • 6-10 hours per month.
  • Must use own laptop or device to perform internet research.

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