Would you recommend Science Museum of Minnesota?
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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.
The staff and volunteers at the Science Museum are excellent. Volunteers are a vital part of the museum and the work done by volunteers is important and fun. There are many options for volunteering on the floor and behind the scenes. As a volunteer, I have never felt more welcomed by staff, nor given more help and training, than I have at the Science Museum.
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 volunteer every week at the Collector's Corner. The corner allows a one on one interaction during a trade of a natural object and knowledge about the object. I have learned about everything from antlers and bald-faced hornet nests to Lake Superior agates and fossil shark teeth. I share what I have learned in training, and from our extensive reference materials, but then I learn more from the collectors of all ages and backgrounds who visit us. The museum provides ongoing training and support to make this activity a wonderful experience for the volunteers and the visitors. I look forward to being at the Collector's Corner, and to working with the museum staff and other volunteers to make everyone's visit to the Science Museum of Minnesota a great learning experience.
I have volunteered at the Science Museum since 2007 and I have LOVED every minute of it. There are so many opportunities to get involved. From behind the scenes projects to greeting visitors, the Science Museum has it all. If you are looking for an organization that truly appreciates their volunteer core, offers a variety of opportunities, and is just plain fun, you can't go wrong with the Science Museum of Minnesota!!!
I have been a volunteer at SMM since 2005. The Museum is very appreciative of their volunteers. They routinely recognize us for our work, provide us with great continuing education programs and wonderful benefits. The staff is friendly and helpful. I've found the other volunteers to be intelligent, interesting and enjoyable to work with. Volunteering at SMM is intellectually stimulating and fun for me.
I have been volunteering at the Science Museum for over 15 years now and have loved every minute of it. Not only do I get to spend time with the wonderful staff that supports us volunteers but the time spent learning and then sharing with the guests is “priceless”. I have gotten infinitely more enjoyment from my experience there than I have been able to give back. Highly recommend this experience for anyone wishing to expand their knowledge, experiences, and community of friends.
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.