Department of Museum Volunteers

Woman standing inside the Royal Ontario Museum's popular Chinese Galleries.

You don’t have to be a history buff to volunteer with us.  All you need is a little bit of curiosity about the world around you.

The Department of Museum Volunteers (DMV) offers a wide range of services that support of the ROM. Inside the Museum, our volunteers meet and engage a diverse group of visitors through guided tours, interpretation of artifacts and specimens, and assisting visitors to plan their visits. Other volunteers plan and execute informative programs for Friend’s groups and an outreach team goes out into the various communities to promote us. Members of the travel section plan and execute tours to international destinations, one-day trips in and around the Greater Toronto Area, and walking trips within Toronto.

Our volunteer opportunities vary depending upon the program requirements and current openings at the DMV. These opportunities are usually available in the Visitor Guides Program, Gallery Interpreters, ROMbus, Outreach, Special Exhibitions, and Special Assignments.

People who wish to become volunteers through the DMV need:

  • Valid ROM Membership
  • 2 year commitment
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Minor DMV dues upon Active status

We encourages the participation of volunteers from all walks of life including students, retirees, employed persons and other interested individuals. Half the fun of volunteering is the diverse array of people you will meet!

Join us for an information meeting and see how you could begin to contribute your time.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, check the date below. Information meetings acquaint potential volunteers with upcoming volunteer opportunities. Please be aware we receive a large number of inquiries and cannot reply directly to all e-mails. Therefore, attend the next meeting to get all your questions answered and begin your journey with the DMV. Feel free to bring a friend!

The next information meeting will take place at the Museum on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Registration is not required. For further information call the DMV Reception line at 416.586.8097. On the day of the meeting, please meet at the Security Staff Entrance at the South Side of the ROM on Queen’s Park Avenue, opposite the Planetarium at 10:15 a.m. You will be escorted to the volunteer office.


The Department of Museum Volunteers (DMV) policies, approved by its Board of Directors, set out our principles of governance, vision, mission, objectives and values. In addition, they define the expectations of membership, administrative practice and communications, as well as public programs and activities.