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Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, a world class museum of railroad history in Strasburg, PA.

Volunteer Opportunities


Discover our volunteer opportunities and match your interests and skills with the Museum's needs. You can choose the assignment that is right for you and decide your own level of participation.

People with enthusiasm about history and an ability to communicate with people will find a variety of assignments that allow them to share their skills and knowledge with Museum visitors. Our trained volunteers come from all walks of life and include couples, professionals, retirees, students, and historians, all of whom unselfishly share their skills and knowledge with Museum visitors by interpreting the impact railroads have had on Pennsylvania's development.

Other benefits of FRM membership include: complimentary subscription to the Milepost, the journal of the FRM published five times a year; invitations to Railroad Museum activities and special events; educational opportunities; the bi-monthly Crew Caller newsletter for active volunteers; training materials; Museum Store discounts; and free admission to the Railroad Museum.

For more information, or to arrange an orientation session, call the Volunteer Coordinator at (717) 687-8628 or  Send The Museum An Email.

Join more than dedicated men and women who are making a difference at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania as an active volunteer and member of the FRM. As an FRM member, there is no pressure to do active work, but over fifteen percent do.  The Museum depends upon the efforts of people like you to continue its ambitious interpretive and educational programs. Won't you help preserve Pennsylvania's rich railroading heritage for future generations? Get involved today!


Helping the young learn.

Restoration Crew.

As a Volunteer You Can:
  • Greet visitors in the Museum's Rolling Stock Hall and yard and interpret the history of some 100 locomotives and railcars from another era, and the people who operated them.

  • Revive the past by demonstrating to visitors how steam or diesel technology changed America and explain how it worked on an actual, full-size locomotive.

  • Receive specialized instruction to become a docent so that you can pass along your interest in railroading to visitors, both young and old.

  • Help refurbish locomotives and railcars in the Museum yard and our new restoration shop, as a member of the restoration crew.

  • Participate in the Museum library and archives by identifying and processing the large railroad history collections. Others delight in interviewing retired railroaders to permanently capture their colorful stories on tape for future generations.

  • Share your enthusiasm with children of all ages by conducting special guided school tours and participating in the popular "Railway Education Center.

  • Help the Museum Staff "behind the scenes" in providing business and computer skills, plus support services including typing, mailings, and duplicating.

  • Help with the application of modern computer technology to the Museum's business needs, web site, and collections management.

  • Enjoy social activities including an annual volunteer picnic and recognition ceremony, out-of-town bus excursions, a Holiday luncheon, and the opportunity to make new friends!

  • Help in other areas of Museum activity including: hospitality support at special events; presenting programs off-site through a speakers' bureau; creating authentic period costumes for special events; assisting in publishing the journal of the FRM, the Milepost; as well as many other activities.
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