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Volunteer for the Museum

Volunteer for the Museum

Volunteers are an important and integral part of the Brandywine River Museum of Art and have been since the Museum opened its doors in 1971. Join this dedicated group of 400 volunteers by becoming involved in a variety of exciting year-round opportunities. For additional information, or to become a volunteer, please send an e-mail to volunteer@brandywine.org or call 610.388.8318.

  • Critter makers, photo by Sue McCready

  • Reading in galleries. Photograph by Carlos Alejandro

  • volunteer face painting

  • Wreath Trimming

Museum guides

The Museum offers guided tours of its collection and special exhibitions to adult and student groups on a year-round basis, seven days a week. An extensive guide training program is conducted by the education and curatorial staff one morning a week for 10 consecutive weeks. Prior to guiding, volunteer guides must complete the training course and successfully conduct a tour for a member of the education staff. Ongoing training, special exhibition guide training sessions and curator-led gallery talks are also offered throughout the year with guides expected to take part in these rewarding opportunities.

Critter makers

Critter volunteers are a very creative, inspiring and productive group responsible for crafting over 10,000 ornaments each year from natural materials for the Museum's holiday display, A Brandywine Christmas, and for the annual critter sale. In addition to making ornaments, volunteers conduct workshops and grow, collect, clean, and dry materials for critter production. This popular and successful program benefits the Museum Volunteers’ Art Purchase Fund, and Art Education and Programming. Imagination and use of a glue-gun are a must! The critter workshop is held 3 days a week, from March through January.

Flower arranging

Stunning flower arrangements are created by a talented group of volunteers for the Museum and Café every Monday and Thursday from April through frost. In addition, they arrange flowers for a variety special events and preview parties throughout the year and often they provide flowers from their prolific gardens.

Holiday Activities

Each year, volunteers come together to create the festive atmosphere that is A Brandywine Christmas. Wreath making, tree trimming and decorating are projects that require many hands in order to accomplish them in a timely fashion. There’s no better way to get into the spirit of the holidays than to help out with these activities.

Antiques Show

A major volunteer fundraising effort is the annual Antiques Show hosted at the Museum each Memorial Day weekend by the volunteers. Dealers from across the country arrive each May bringing with them outstanding antiques, art and collectibles. The number of activities surrounding this 4-day event is extensive, and each depends greatly on the support and involvement of the volunteers. This elegant event benefits the Museum Volunteers’ Art Purchase Fund, and Art Education and Programming. 

Special Events

Throughout the year, the Museum hosts numerous special events, which require the assistance of volunteers during the week, on weekends and evenings. These events include the Children’s Christmas Party, Fairy House Workshop, music events, lectures, family programs, craft activities and Radnor Hunt.

Membership

Volunteers assist our Membership department by performing various clerical duties, as well as handling membership promotion and sales during the holiday season and at special events.

Clerical/Data Entry

Clerical and Data Entry tasks can take place in a variety of areas at the Museum. These include, but are not limited to our Library and Marketing departments. These volunteers can also assist with events and projects on an “as needed” basis. These activities may include set-up of events, greeting guests, administrative tasks and other specialized duties.

Benefits

Benefits include:

  • Free admission to the Brandywine River Museum of Art
  • Admittance to the Conservancy’s preserves
  • Free or discounted admission to special events
  • Discount in the Museum Shop & Café
  • Exposure to a variety of educational opportunities
  • Recognition events
  • Volunteer trips
  • Supportive staff
  • Creative environment
  • Rewarding work
  • New friendships formed