Are you looking to give back to the community? Learn more about the maritime world? Meet new friends?  The Houston Maritime Museum is the place for you! HMM offers exciting volunteer opportunities for many diverse skill sets. Start volunteering at HMM today!

Training is provided and no prior knowledge is required. Schedules are flexible, though we do recommend that volunteers spend at least four hours a month at the museum.



Docents are encouraged to design their own tour of the museum highlighting their personal interests. No prior knowledge is required and all volunteers receive training by the Museum’s experienced guides. Tours usually last about one hour and each guide leads no more than ten visitors at a time.

Docents are essential to the museum’s mission – the more guides we have, the more tours we can schedule, allowing us to share the wonder and influence of maritime history and industry with a wider audience. Join the HMM family today!

“Lighting up the imagination of young and old about sea history is a unique way to spend several pleasurable hours.”

Ed Christensen


The Houston Maritime Museum offers numerous opportunities to work with the public. Volunteers would assist the Outreach & Education Coordinator in a wide variety of educational programs, including:

  • Monthly Family Days offer programming for elementary aged children and their parents. Volunteers help assist with implementing lessons and activities while working with visiting families. 
  • The Lecture Series feature experts in maritime history and industry fields. Volunteers assist in setting up refreshments and other necessary tasks prior to and following the lectures. 
  • Outreach opportunities offer volunteers time in local elementary classrooms assisting HMM staff with traveling lessons and activities.


There is a wealth of information within the Houston Maritime Museum’s Research Library. A volunteer with archival interests would work with the collections department to maintain and organize the literature and documents within the archival collection.


Opportunities are available for those with an interest in the administrative side of museums. Volunteers would focus largely on assisting the Administrative Manager with data entry and other important tasks necessary to the business side of the Houston Maritime Museum.

Contact info@houstonmaritime.org, call 713.225.1688, or stop by HMM for more information!