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Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

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The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum is looking for volunteers who want to be a part of Boston's legacy of engineering, science, and innovation! We seek individuals who want to spend time in our magnificent architectural landmark, filled with steam-engines, and who want to help us spread awareness about the importance of clean, safe drinking water for all. If you have time to engage our visitors with stories related to Boston history, architecture, and engineering, then we are waiting for you!

Our tour guides, or facilitators, lead group tours around the museum at scheduled times. There is no required script for tour facilitators - we help you to develop your tour based on our content and your interests. We look for people with interests in areas like engineering, history, public health, architecture, environmental science, and other fields. If you're passionate about any of these topics the people on your tour will find your enthusiasm infectious!

We ask our volunteers for at least two 2.5 hour shifts per month: coming in at least 5 hours a month helps to retain learned information and tour facilitation skills.

What we offer:

* Opportunity to work in a museum setting

* Rare chance to see and learn about 19th century steam engines

* Training and education on our content and the art of giving tours

* Community of passionate, knowledgeable people who want to share their interests with each other

* Venue to practice public speaking ability

* Flexible scheduling

What we are looking for:

* Willingness to learn our story and share it with others

* Can volunteer 5+ hours a month (broken into two 2.5 hour shifts)

* Comfortable speaking with people, whether in 1-on-1 conversation or leading a group

* Able to arrive on time when scheduled and stay for duration of the shift

* Ability to speak English fluently; ability to speak a foreign language (e.g., Chinese) considered a plus

Interested? Reach out to us at

Located a very short walk from Boston College and the Cleveland Circle T stop, the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum at 2450 Beacon Street in Boston is a non-profit museum dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the historic waterworks that supplied the Boston area with public water. Regular open hours are Wednesday through Sunday, from 11am to 4pm. Check out our website at to take a virtual tour of the museum. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @MetroWaterworks.

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About Metropolitan Waterworks Museum


2450 Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, US

Mission Statement

The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum uses its architecturally magnificent building, mammoth steam pumping engines, and the adjacent historic Chestnut Hill Reservoir to interpret unique stories of one of the country’s earliest metropolitan water systems. Through educational programs and exhibits focused on engineering, architecture, urbanism, public health, and social history, the Museum connects these stories to current issues and future challenges.


The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum at 2450 Beacon Street in Boston, opposite the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, is a non-profit museum dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the historic waterworks and landmark buildings that supplied the City of Boston with public water.

The Museum presents unique stories of this early metropolitan water system through exhibitions and educational programs on engineering, architecture, social history, urbanism, and public health. The Waterworks sits on the site of the original Chestnut Hill Reservoir and pumping station in a Richardsonian Romanesque building dating to the late 1880’s. The Museum consists of the Great Engines Hall, housing three historic steam-powered pumping engines, and a two story glass-enclosed pavilion, featuring the Overlook Gallery. Education programs, guest lecture series, self-paced tours, and other special programs are part of the regular calendar of events. Private social or corporate events are also possible through special arrangement.

Directions and hours can be found at Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter @MetroWaterworks. Accessible by T on the Green Line "C" and "D" trains, and by Bus (#51 and #86). Limited parking available onsite. ADA accessible and stroller friendly.

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We'll work with your schedule.


2450 Beacon StreetChestnut Hill, MA 02467



  • STEM
  • Cantonese / Mandarin
  • Environmental Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • History
  • People Skills


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Two 2.5 hour shifts per month
  • Willingness to learn our story, and to share your passion and knowledge with our visitors!

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