Our mission To tell the story of Muskegon County by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of its people and natural environment.

Lakeshore Museum Center

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Camp Counselors

The Lakeshore Museum Center offers two camps during the summer: STEM and Enviroworks. For teens 15-17 years of age looking for a career in Education this is a great opportunity to gain some experience working with children with a variety of topics!
  • Occasional, Weekly
  • Teens
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Special Events

Enjoy the hustle and bustle of loads of people? Assist us with Special Events by prepping behind the scenes, or be on the forefront greeting others, running a program, or other jobs that pop up at larger events and programs.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Event support
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Guest Experience Docent

Enjoy interacting with others? Join our team as a Docent! Guest Relations Docents work at the Lakeshore Museum Center and Muskegon Heritage Museum greeting visitors at special events and programs, offering directions through the Museum, and provide a positive experience to guests at the Museum.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Interpreter

Join the Interpretive Team at the Hackley and Hume Historic Sites! Interpreters lead tours through the H&H homes, Depression Era house, and The Fire Barn Museum. If you love history and want to share it with others, this is the position for you!
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Collections & Archives

Assist the Collections and Archives department by preserving artifacts, and providing research on 3-D objects and documents. Collections and Archive volunteers help develop research for upcoming exhibits all while gaining more knowledge about Muskegon and the West Michigan community.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Junior Museum Professionals (JMPs)

JMPs assist with many different programs and projects all year! In the winter, youth volunteers can help with Family Fun Nights and Minecraft Programs. In the summer season, volunteers at the downtown Museum can assist in the new STEM Center or have fun being creative with children visitors during our Saturday special craft days. At the Hackley and Hume Historic Sites, volunteers can assist with the History Buff program, playing historic games on the lawn, or decorating for Christmas. Ages 10-15.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • Children, 12-15
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekends

Building & Exhibits

The Museum is always adding to its historic buildings, designing and constructing new exhibits, plus handling the general wear and tear that comes with maintaining a museum. If you are someone who enjoys working with their hands and creating new materials and structures, volunteer for our exhibits and maintenance department to create something everlasting for the museum and the Muskegon Community! Buildings and Exhibits volunteers will be required to pass additional safety trainings for certain tasks.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Indoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Weekends

STEM Center Volunteers

Stem Center Volunteers assist with programs, crafts, and activities in the Museum’s STEM Center. To be considered as a STEM Center Volunteer, you must be at least 13 years old and available for the additional trainings. This is a great opportunity for teens considering future careers in the STEM field!
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Education Docent

Volunteer for school tours, play and learn programs, and special programs that center on teaching kids and families about science and history in Muskegon County. Education docents provide supplemental knowledge to exhibits and may be trained on special demonstrations including STEM programs and activities.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends
How you help We offer a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for youth and adults at the Lakeshore Museum Center and Historic Sites in Muskegon that are sure to meet your area of interest. Individualized training and supervision are provided for all volunteers. Volunteering at the Museum is not only fun, but also rewarding.
About us The Lakeshore Museum Center houses our natural and cultural history exhibits. It is comprised of multiple sites and buildings including the Hackley & Hume Historic Site, the Fire Barn Museum, the Scolnik House of the Depression Era, the Muskegon Heritage Museum, the Archives, and our Museum Store. Wonder, imagine, adventurous, brave and more! When you visit our museums, you take a 400 million year journey that explores Muskegon County’s rich history with exciting exhibits, hands-on activities and a variety of programs across multiple historic sites. Come let our museums make you smile!
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