National Museums Scotland has approximately 350 volunteers making a valuable contribution to our work. Volunteers help in many of our departments and play an important role, increasing our visitors' enjoyment and understanding of our collections.

About volunteering with National Museums Scotland

Our main volunteering opportunities can be split into four main groups: administration, collections, public programmes and events. 


Would you love to volunteer but don’t have the time to make a regular commitment? We run an exciting programme of ‘one-off’ events at our museums, for which we need volunteers to help. No experience is necessary just lots of enthusiasm and a 'hands on' approach.


There are many departments where assisting with administrative and clerical tasks are of enormous value. This may include helping staff with computer or data entry, or office tasks such as filing or envelope stuffing for mail-outs.


Within collections you will mostly be behind the scenes helping us with essential support work - from sorting and labelling specimens of materials, cataloguing or archiving collections to re-housing or packing items to literature research, depending on your own skills and experiences.

Public programmes

Within this area there may be opportunities as a volunteer guide, assisting with visitor surveys, helping with workshops and activities for all age groups.

What's in it for you?

  • Opportunities to develop valuable skills and experiences within the museum sector.
  • Enjoyment in doing something you like while meeting new, like-minded people.
  • Involvement with helping to support the work of National Museums Scotland.
  • Voluntary work experience which can be an invaluable addition to your CV.

Current opportunities

Family Event Volunteer (I'm Game!)

National Museum of Scotland

Inspired by our Game Masters exhibition and games in general, we are running 9 days' worth of family activities over February half term. You can find the full programme of activities here.

Whilst the exhibition is about computer gaming, we want to create opportunities for families to interact with each other and spend some quality time playing different games or doing activities together.

We are looking for friendly volunteers to assist our Learning Team with:

  • Crafty Character cards (Sat 14, Sun 15: assisting with craft activities)
  • Get your Game on! (Mon 16 – Sun 22: playing table top games with families)
  • Power-up Challenge Trail (Mon 16 – Sun 22: occasionally helping handing out and explaining our special trail and stickers for that week)

For a full description of the opportunity and an application form please download the information below and return to Alison Rae, Family Learning Officer, before 2 Feb 2015.

Role description

Application form

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Contact us

Deborah Wilson
Volunteers Co-ordinator
Tel: 0131 247 4433