Hands-on Galleries

Volunteer speaking to a group of visitors in the Hands On Gallery

Families, youth and elementary students flock to our three permanent, interactive and “alive” galleries at the ROM. Our Hands-on galleries depend on a team of over 200 dedicated and educated volunteers to engage visitors.  This is an excellent volunteer opportunity for people who enjoy working with children in a fast-paced fun environment.

The Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity

Volunteers Facilitators in the Schad Gallery engage our visitors with a “hands-on” approach using museum speciments to talk about the diversity of life on the planet and the challenges facing its conservation.

For more information, visit the Schad Gallery web page.

Keenan Family Gallery of Hands-on Biodiversity & CIBC Discovery Gallery

Volunteers Facilitators work with our visitors (mainly families and school groups), engaging them using activity stations, interactive components and museum objects. This volunteer experience will provide you with valuable training and experience in communication, interpersonal skills, teaching skills and Museum education.

For further information, visit the hands-on galleries web pages.


  • Work alongside other volunteers and staff as a team to ensure the gallery meets its goal of providing a fun, hands-on learning experience
  • Work directly with the public to actively engage visitors by facilitating the use of discovery boxes, activity stations and other exhibits
  • Welcome school groups and visitors


  • Applicants must be 18 or older and have a High School Diploma. University Degree, or working on a university degree, is considered an asset
  • Able to make a commitment of one four-hour shift every week for one year including the summer months and holidays
  • Previous experience working with children is essential
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience working in a crowded and noisy environment
  • Proficiency in English; bilingualism is an asset
  • Able to work well as part of a team under the direction and supervision of staff
  • Enthusiasm for educational museum work, experiential education and volunteering with children

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Authored by: Cheryl Fraser