Volunteer at The Rosenbach

The Rosenbach seeks volunteers to guide visitors through the Rosenbach brothers’ historic house and library.

Training

Trainees will take an eight-week course that covers the history of the Rosenbach, highlights of the collection, topics in museum education, presentation skills, and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility training. The course will be taught by The Rosenbach education staff, and will be offered Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. beginning June 21, 2022. After participating in the course and premiering their tours, new guides will conduct 45-minute tours for groups and walk-in visitors to The Rosenbach.

Commitment

  • The Rosenbach asks for a commitment of three shifts per month.
  • Guides will also assist with the two annual Open Houses in the spring and fall, and the annual Bloomsday Festival in June.
  • Guides are expected to attend at least three Guide Workshops each year.

Qualifications

  • Outgoing personality, strong verbal communication skills, ability to be flexible and adaptable, and stamina for giving tours.
  • Ease with museum visitors of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Interest in literature, the history of books, history, fine arts, and decorative arts.
  • A desire to make a long term commitment to sharing enthusiasm for The Rosenbach collections in a serious and thoughtful way.
  • A commitment to making The Rosenbach a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible institution and supporting The Rosenbach’s Commitment to Equity.

Advantages

Rare Book and Rosenbach guides receive free admission to the Rosenbach for themselves, friends, and family, discounted admission to many programs, discounted registration for courses, invitation to The Rosenbach’s annual volunteer appreciation luncheon, discounts in the museum shop, and continuing education sessions.