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Turn on the Science: Inspire learning. Inform policy. Improve lives
The Science Museum of Minnesota is a private non-profit educational and research institution created to collect, study, and preserve scientific objects and interpret the objects and insights of science for the general public through exhibits, films, and programs.
I started back in 2012 and have worked almost every or every other week since. By "work" I mean volunteered, and I wouldn't have it any other way. The payed staff treats you like an equal, they really appreciate us, yet I don't have to deal with any major stress, and can concentrate on helping visitors have the best possible time. I very much like to volunteer in the lobby, where I get to meet a wide variety of people every Saturday morning. I joke that I have my 'job' at the SMM so that I get out my need to talk *so* much to people, and my family gets some relief!
I really enjoy volunteering at the science museum. The other staff and volunteers are very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. The museum is a fun place to work and learn. There are many opportunities to learn new things, meet new people, and try different activities. I feel that the museum/volunteer dept invests a lot of time in the volunteers, ensuring that we are well-trained in our exhibit, supported in our work, and appreciated. I love the variety of ways that a volunteer can be involved with the museum both at the museum and at other community events which the museum attends.
It's difficult to say what's the best part of being an SMM volunteer! We're thoroughly and continually trained and supported, challenged to learn more. We work beside and with committed, talented staff. We receive great benefits. And every day someone says "Thank you for all you do!" This happens in addition to being privileged to work with kids and adults to "turn on the science" - the heart of our mission. I really look forward each week to my day in the Cell Lab!
I've been a Science Museum Volunteer for a long time. Most of my experience has been in the Museum's Experiment Gallery. One of the great things about the SMM volunteer experience is that if you have knowledge and expertise and a desire to share it, you will almost certainly get the chance. I have had the chance design activities, train my fellow volunteers and be part of the Museum's community outreach. Come join us!
I have volunteered as an exhibit interpreter at the Science Museum for about 10 years, very selfishly starting there for the Viking Exhibit. What's kept me around all this time is being able to touch on new exhibits, from dinosaurs to robots, and to hang around with incredible visitors, staff and fellow volunteers.