Interested in volunteering but not able to make a long-term commitment? We still need you!

The B&O Railroad Museum hosts a handful of fun events throughout the year that attract many visitors. These events are perfect for volunteering with a friend, a child/grandchild (14+ with a parent/guardian), as a group, or to knock out those remaining community service hours before graduation. 

Volunteer assignments for each event vary, but may include: 

  • Greeting and checking in guests 
  • Running the kids craft & activities tables  
  • Facilitating kid activities (yard games, moon bounce, etc.) 
  • Helping direct special photo lines for pictures with the likes of Thomas the Train, Sir Topham Hatt, Santa Claus, and more 
  • Helping guests board and exit trains 
  • Assisting guests at the information desk 

If you’d like to receive information about special events to volunteer at, you can join the volunteer email list here or check back for a sign-up link before the next event. 

Current Opportunities:

Underground Railroad Exhibit

Volunteers are needed to help greet guests, check ticket information, direct guests through the exhibit, start the videos inside the exhibit, and provide support to our Visitor Services team.

The ideal volunteer has strong social skills, a friendly demeanor, a passion for the importance of sharing Black history, and is comfortable interacting with a large number of visitors. 

Volunteers will have the opportunity to experience the immersive exhibit free of charge and will receive a pair of museum passes as a thank you. 

The Museum is looking for morning, afternoon, or whole day shifts on the following dates:

  • Saturday, September 24
  • Sunday, September 25
  • Friday, September 30
  • Saturday, October 1
  • Sunday, October 2
  • Friday, October 7
  • Saturday, October 8
  • Sunday, October 9
  • Saturday, October 15
  • Sunday, October 16

Volunteers should be aged 16 or older.

To sign up, please fill out the for below:

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Current Volunteers

Please see here for access to Volunteer portal.


Contact our Volunteer & Outreach Manager at

Knoxville, TN

We did the train ride and our guide on board was excellent (history/information for the parents).

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