Volunteer & Intern

Time commitments are modest and the benefits are many, including free admission to the Museum and many of its events, invitations to staff-only events and outings, the chance to learn about 19th-century New York, and that really nice feeling you get from helping a worthy cause.

Volunteers visit Gracie Mansion

A group of Merchant’s House Museum volunteers visit Gracie Mansion

Volunteer Opportunities

Weekend Docent

Lead discussions about the Museum’s history and life in 19th century New York City, answer visitor questions, and keep an eye on the collection while stationed in one of the period rooms. Self-guided training materials are provided.

Group Tour Guide

Deliver structured tours throughout the House for adult and student groups — tours are usually scheduled on weekdays. Training is provided and takes six to eight weeks.

Admissions & Shop Assistant

Welcome visitors, collection admission fees, and introduce the Self-Guided Tour. You may also be called upon to sell items from the gift shop.

Event Planning & Staff

Help our lectures, concerts, parties and fundraisers run smoothly by welcoming attendees, preparing and serving food and beverages, and much more. Or help behind-the-scenes with event planning and promotion.

Special Projects

Do you have a great idea or unique skill set that you’d like to share with the Museum? We’d love to hear about it. Or contact us for a current list of behind-the-scenes projects in our research, collections, education, or administrative departments.

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter stating your interests and availability to nyc1832@merchantshouse.org or 29 East Fourth Street, New York, NY 10003.

Thank you!

Academic Internships

Select academic internships are available each semester in various fields, e.g., decorative arts, textiles and costumes, architecture, education, and museum administration. In addition to projects in their specialized field, all interns take part in the daily operations of the Museum, thereby gaining a comprehensive view of the operations of an historic house.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter stating your interests and availability to nyc1832@merchantshouse.org or 29 East Fourth Street, New York, NY 10003.