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"The Navy has both a tradition and a future--and we look with pride and confidence in both directions."

-        Admiral George Anderson, CNO, 1 August 1961.

Help us tell the story of the United States Navy’s enlisted Sailor! The National Museum of the American Sailor has a wide variety of positions available to volunteers.  Volunteers at the National Museum of the American Sailor can assist staff by:

  • Greeting visitors
  • Guiding visitors through the museum
  • Teaching children about naval history
  • Cataloging objects, data entry, and other computer-based tasks

Ideal candidates need not have served in the military, but the chief requirements are an interest in the Navy’s history and plenty of energy.

NEW! Current Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Program Requirements

Volunteer positions are open to all individuals with an interest and a commitment of service to the Museum who meet the qualifications without reference to race, color, religion, sex, age, or national origin. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and able to perform their prescribed duties. Volunteers work independently, with other volunteers, and with permanent Museum staff.

Application and Training

Applications are submitted to the Volunteer Coordinator. Applicants will be contacted for an interview by the Museum. A comprehensive training program is designed to prepare participants to operate effectively in their role as a NMAS volunteer.  For further information please contact 847-688-3154 or at

If you are ready to become a volunteer at the National Museum of the American Sailor, please complete the application below and mail, fax, or email it back to the museum.

Download Volunteer Application


NMAS volunteer painting exhibit components

NMAS volunteer painting exhibit components.

Published: Wed Sep 21 14:06:28 EDT 2022