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Volunteers Sought for Biggs Museum

Have an interest in the arts, continuing education, and giving back to the Dover community?  The Biggs Museum of American Art, located in downtown Dover, accepts volunteers throughout the year.  The Museum houses a vast collection of fine and decorative arts from 1700 to the present and features several changing exhibitions per year. The Museum also offers a wide variety of educational school and group tours, engaging children’s programs, fascinating adult lectures, and a variety of exciting social events. The benefits of joining our volunteer program include free admission, discounts on programs, building a knowledge of fine and decorative arts, and the opportunity to meet new individuals with similar interests.

From daily tasks to exhibition openings, volunteers can serve on a weekly, monthly or as-needed basis.  All volunteers have the opportunity to assist with multiple operations of the Biggs according to their interest and skill level. Some of these duties include:

  • Exhibition installation
  • Supporting our marketing endeavors
  • Orienting visitors to the museum
  • Collection maintenance and cataloguing
  • Assisting with school and family programs
  • Supporting special event operations

Volunteers interested in becoming docents for the public and school groups will have the opportunity to participate in a training program and engage in an in-depth study our permanent collection. Each docent is asked to create their own tour based on their interests and intended audience. The staff at the Biggs also offers continuing education sessions with our curator and guest artists to help docents brush up on their knowledge of the collection, brainstorm new didactic methods to deliver tours, and learn about upcoming exhibitions.

We also welcome individuals who are interesting in joining any of our planning committees and board.

High School students who are interested in volunteering can see our current offerings here.

College and graduate students interested in volunteering are strongly encouraged to apply to our internship program and more information on that program can be found here.

For more information on the volunteer program at the Biggs, please contact our Curator of Education Fellow Regina Lynch at or fill out an application below and a staff member will contact your regarding your interest.

Those individuals interested in participating in any of our committees or board, should contact our Marketing and Development Manager, Stephanie Adams, at

Volunteers Application Form

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Availability (Please check all that apply)

Weekday Mornings (9 a.m.-1 p.m.)Weekday Afternoons (12 - 4:30 p.m.)Sunday Afternoons (1:30-4:30 p.m.)Saturday Mornings (9 a.m.-1 p.m.)Saturday Afternoons (12- 4:30 p.m.)

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Please indicate your areas of interest within the Biggs

Providing Group ToursCustomer ServiceChildren's Programming and ToursAdministrative

If you are interested in customer service or administrative duties, please indicate your comfort level with the following programs and tasks, with 1 being the lowest level and 4 being the highest

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Publisher

iPad Applications

Retail Sales

In the space below, please write a few sentences about why you would like to volunteer with the Biggs.