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Are you up to the challenge?

The member institutions of the Challenging History Collaborative need your help correcting the historical record as it relates to many of America’s marginalized communities. These include African Americans, women, Native Americans, immigrants, and others. Our mission is to “challenge traditional historical narratives to build more inclusive, place-based storytelling about St. Louis’ past.” If you are interested in volunteering or interning with a partnering institution to contribute to this mission, please see available opportunities below.

Together, we can make St. Louis’ history more accurate and inclusive.

Tour Guide – Museum Interpretation

Museum Interpreters and Tour Guides at the Missouri History Museum inspire and involve audiences by enriching the “drop-in” visitors’ experience. They engage visitors in meaningful conversations that interpret artifacts and exhibits; lead guided tours; answer visitors’ questions; facilitate short activities such as gallery talks and History à la Cart, and more.

  • Qualifications: MHS seeks friendly, outgoing individuals who are good listeners and have great customer service skills to become museum interpreters. Volunteers who wish to serve as museum interpreters must attend an eight-week training on Saturdays in January and February.
  • Perks: As a museum interpreter, you’ll get to spend lots of time in our exhibits! You will receive training in best practices in museum interpretation and visitor engagement, as well as exhibit content and “behind-the-scenes” information.
  • Location: Missouri History Museum
  • Can volunteer remotely? No
  • Schedule: One or two shifts per week (for a total commitment of two to four hours per week)
  • Computer work required? Yes

If you are interested, please apply online. For questions, please email Hope Mabrey, Manager of Volunteers and Interns at