Volunteering at the MFAH

Each year, more than 1,000 people contribute to the cultural vibrancy of this great city by donating their time to the MFAH. People of different backgrounds, from students to retirees, help the Museum meet its goal of bringing art into the lives of people throughout Houston’s communities. At the MFAH, volunteer opportunities encompass various abilities and interests. Options include:

  • Leading tours of the Museum galleries
  • Helping in the MFA Shop
  • Assisting with clerical duties
  • Greeting guests
  • Facilitating children’s art projects

Who Can Volunteer

MFAH volunteers are a diverse group of people. Just about anyone who has a desire to contribute can volunteer, from teens to stay-at-home parents, and from professionals to retirees.

How to Apply

To become an MFAH volunteer, complete and submit an online application. You will then be invited to attend an orientation session. This important step is required for all prospective volunteers so that you can learn about the available opportunities and meet the staff of the volunteer services department. Orientation sessions are held at least once a month.

Benefits of Volunteering

Although the highest rewards for volunteer service are both intangible and immeasurable, the MFAH recognizes your time and work performance by extending the following benefits:

1 Hour Milestone

  • Complimentary Admission
  • Complimentary Admission to Lectures / Events
  • Invitation to Guild Book Club
  • Eligibility to join the Speakers Bureau
  • Tax Benefits

20 Hours Milestone

  • 1-Hour Milestone Benefits
  • MFA Shop Discount
  • Invitation to Guild Local Trips
  • Eligibility to serve on Volunteer Guild Council

50 Hours Milestone

  • 20 Hours Milestone
  • Service Awards Pin
  • Membership Discount
  • Exclusive Appreciation Event
  • Invitation to Guild Extended Trips

Volunteer benefits reset at the beginning of every fiscal year, on July 1.

For more information, please contact volunteers@mfah.org or 713.639.7507.

What Is a Volunteer Docent?

Docents are volunteer Museum educators who engage visitors of all ages in conversations and active explorations about art. The docent training program encompasses art history as well as touring methods and techniques, so each docent is fully prepared to facilitate enriching gallery experiences. You are invited to join the dedicated corps of docents and to discover a world of art. Contact docents@mfah.org if you have any questions.