Purchase reserved tickets online for Bush and Nimitz galleries every half-hour, 9 AM - 2:30 PM, Weds - Sun. MASKS REQUIRED IN ALL NMPW BUILDINGS. (Galleries closed Mon & Tues.) Victory in the Pacific programs cancelled through Dec 2020. Pacific Combat Zone temporarily closed.

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Due to COVID-19, all volunteer programs have been temporarily suspended.

But don't let that dissuade you for applying! Your applicatin will allow us to be in touch just as soon as our volunteer programs come back on line.

Volunteers carry the heart of the Museum's mission. Join the Volunteer Corps!

Years ago, Jimmy Doolittle, leader of the renowned Doolittle Raiders, said, “The heart of a volunteer is the strongest of all.” The Museum's volunteers are crucial to presenting and preserving the stories of WWII in the Pacific and on the home front. Volunteers greet visitors, present programs, bring battle scenes to life, educate school children, work behind-the-scenes in our gardens, administrative offices, and so much more. The Museum offers myriad opportunities to continuously develop volunteers' understanding of the war and its stories, and to make an impact every day.

Education Volunteers


Docents are trained volunteers who interpret artifacts and Museum resources for special and general audiences. As Museum educators, docents are our tour guides and cart presenters working to help instill a sense of value and empathy for the stories we tell.

Victory in the Pacific/Pacific Combat Zone Actors (Company K)

Become part of our well-trained living history program team and help bring the story of a beachfront battle to life. In general, programs are presented one weekend a month from April through November. The Museum offers volunteer opportunities for combatant and non-combatant roles.

PCZ LHD Behind-the-Scenes Visitor Support Volunteers

Before and after the living history programs, volunteers help staff recover and reset for the next program. Volunteer service may include weapon repair, vehicle maintenance, clothing repair, etc.

Annual Symposium Volunteers

The symposium is an annual event developed to delve deep into a specific topic relating to World War II in the Pacific. In general, five lectures fill the day, presenting information and insights about the topic and its contemporary relevance. Volunteers assist with preparation and presentation of the symposium. Responsibilities include guiding guests to and from parking, supporting registration, welcoming guests in the lecture hall, presenting morning refreshments, and facilitating question-and-answer sessions.

Visitor Services Volunteers

Gallery Attendant/Welcome Desk Volunteer

Visitor Services volunteers are, literally, our front line. As a Gallery Attendant, you will orient visitors to the museum campus, programs, and ticket options before they get to the admissions desks. In addition, you will help visitors find their way to specific features in the galleries and answer general questions about the WWII in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. Volunteer applicants must be at least 16 years old, with parental permission and waivers signed.

In addition to initial volunteer training, each gallery attendant will compliment his or her training with a 12-hour mentorship with an experienced gallery attendant.

Pacific Combat Zone Front-of-the-House Living History Support

On Combat Program weekends, gallery attendants and education volunteers help with event set up and as greeters and amphitheater hosts, as ushers and safety volunteers, and to interpret the PT-309 exhibit and the TBM Avenger exhibits.

Administrative Volunteers

Administrative volunteers support a variety of behind-the-scenes projects and programs. In general, we seek applicants with excellent communication and organizational skills. If you are detail-oriented and comfortable working independently and with minimum supervision, are able to adapt to shifting priorities, and are confident in Microsoft Office programs, including Outlook, Word and Excel, this might be for you!

Special Event Volunteers

We welcome volunteers interested in serving occasionally--from Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Pearl Harbor Day commemorations to Day of Remembrance tributes, and from perennial fundraising events such as the Nimitz Dinner & Distinguished Speaker Lecture and the Nimitz Golf Classic to Red, White & Bourbon.

Behind-the-Scenes Volunteers

Some volunteers enjoy working on quiet pursuits, whether it be in the Memorial Courtyard placing bricks and plaques, in the Japanese Garden of Peace using traditional Japanese garden techniques (we'll train you), or for as-needed projects in maintenance. 


New Volunteer Orientation: New volunteers must attend a two-hour Volunteer Orientation. 

Scheduled dates (subject to change)

  • August 8, 2020
  • October 3, 2020

For more information or to RSVP for an Orientation Session, please contact the Director of Visitor Services at 830-997-8600 Ext 223 or by email, kstevenson@nimitzfoundation.org.

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volunteer of the year

Lloyd Jolly has logged more than 1,200 hours of service since he started volunteering at the museum.

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