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Becoming a Volunteer

Are you a history buff? Do you like children? Or are you just a fan of Museums so much you never want to leave them?

Consider volunteering at the Swedish American Museum! Volunteers have volunteer_of_the_year_awardeesalways been an integral part of the Museum since its inception in 1976, and we truly value their hard work.

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available to suit varying interests. For history lovers, serving as docents and helping in the permanent exhibit is a great opportunity. If you like children, then volunteer in our Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration where you can help with field trips and classroom activities. Have retail experience? Then the Kerstin Andersson Museum Store would be more than happy to put those skills to use. The Museum is always hosting special events, workshops, and lectures providing cultural and educational programming to the community. New volunteers are always welcome!

Volunteers helping at these programs strengthen our mission of preserving Swedish heritage and culture. People-friendly volunteers are a perfect fit for working the front desk or helping out in the Museum Store. Volunteering at the Museum is an excellent way to earn community service credit for students, learn how a Museum works, and celebrate Swedish culture.

If you would like to learn more, or become a volunteer, please contact the Museum’s membership and volunteer manager, Marissa Ivie, at 773.728.8111 ext 28 or email mivie@samac.org. To download a Volunteer application, please click here.

Stories From Volunteers

Below are a few quotes from current volunteers reflecting on their experiences at the Museum:

Volunteering at the Admissions Desk is like watching a microcosm of the world.  As each person walks to the desk you learn their story and you share the Museum’s [story]…It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that the Swedish American Museum not only celebrates the past for many of us, but also the future for many others.

–Shari Burton, Volunteer

What’s not to enjoy about greeting inquisitive visitors, many who come to the Museum from other states, and some from as far away as Sweden!

–Stephen Anderson, Volunteer

One reason I enjoy working at the Museum is because it keeps me in touch with my Swedish heritage.  Many of the objects are familiar to me from my childhood in Sweden…Finally, what I REALLY like is working with all the friendly staff and interns.  It feels good for me to be around young people with all their energy and enthusiasm.

–Eva Giba, Volunteer

There are so many interesting activities going on at the Museum, and on occasion I am here when they happen.  This is a bonus!  There is always a warm welcome at the Museum. Come visit us and join us as a volunteer!

–Yvonne Johnson, Volunteer



General Museum:

  • Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Children's Museum:

  • Monday – Thursday: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Friday : 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Museum Store:

  • Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


  • 5211 N. Clark St.
  • Chicago, IL 60640


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