Volunteering at the MMM

Volunteers make all the difference at the Michigan Maritime Museum! Would you enjoy crewing on a tall ship, telling stories, working with children, vessel maintenance, or making lasting friendships? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then the MMM has a place for you. Whether it’s behind the scenes or working with the public, you can help us preserve, protect, and interpret Michigan’s Great Lakes maritime history and heritage. 

Fill out the Volunteer Interest Form below and we will contact you to set up an orientation. We ask that all of our volunteers are Museum members. For more information on how to become a member, visit our Membership page.

Volunteer Opportunities 

Special Events & Programs:

Special events and program volunteers help during some of our many events like Tulip Time and the Fish Boil. Responsibilities may include taking tickets, directing guests or setup/teardown for special events throughout the year.


Historical Interpreter:

Historical interpreter volunteers are specially trained to assist with exhibit tours and programs and provide guests with information about the Museum and Great Lakes maritime history.



Typically working with K-12 students, education volunteers alongside our education team to deliver quality programming to a variety of educational groups.


Vessel & Exhibit Maintenance: 

Vessel and exhibit maintenance volunteers help us maintain our on-water fleet vessels and provide support for projects and routine maintenance of our exhibit buildings and some of our exhibit vessel collection. (Most vessel maintenance happens during the winter months)


On-Water Vessel Crew: 

On-water vessel crew volunteers are specially trained to work aboard our vessels. Crew opportunities are available aboard Friends Good Will and Coast Guard motor lifeboat 36460. 


Guest Service:

Guest Service volunteers have the opportunity to work all around our campus inside and out to help enhance our visitor experience. These volunteers might direct guests where to go, answering general information questions, and helping to keep our campus running smoothly.  


Library & Archives: 

Stationed at the Keeper’s House, these volunteers work directly with our Museum staff to organize and care for our library and archive.

Volunteer Interest Form

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