Ways to Volunteer

There are several ways to volunteer.  This Museum serves the history needs for the community, all the way from Darby to Florence, and there’s always a LOT to do to!


Contact us to Volunteer

To volunteer at the Ravalli County Museum, contact our volunteer coordinator, call us at 406.363.3338, or come into the Museum.


Some examples of what you can volunteer for are:


Annual McIntosh Apple Day (October)

Apple Day is our largest event of the year and, along with the staff, board and cadre of regular volunteers, it takes well over 100 volunteers, in addition, to carry it out.  Tasks include Apple peeling, pie making, manning booths, making caramel, set up, take down, kids activities, and putting the Museum back together following the event. Apple day is a great way to meet new people and have a fun time.


Annual Bitter Root Day (June)

Bitter Root day is a celebration of the Bitter Root flower and the Salish culture. The Ravalli County Museum feels it is very important to teach the Salish culture to those who live in the Bitter Root Valley today. This breathtaking event includes a Salish Native American exhibit, streets filled with an array of craft and food vendors, face painting, music and annual events- Recycled Craft Competition and Jerky Contest. Bitter Root Day relies on volunteers to assist in setup of museum booths and outside exhibits, helping at recycle craft and jerky booths, children’s activities and clean up after the event.


Farmers Market (May-October)

We are very lucky to have our local Hamilton Farmers Market right outside our door from Spring to Fall. Our farmers market booth gives us the opportunity to reach out to our community and visitors of the Bitter Root, by telling them how amazing our local history is. We have an “artifact of the week” guessing game, express the wonderful benefits of becoming a museum member, and answer any questions about local history. It is fun to listen to market go’ers tell their stories of ancestry of the valley. We also have items from our gift shop available for purchase and delicious popcorn for everyone to enjoy. This volunteer position is great for those who love interacting with people and are very outgoing.



If you are a history buff, perhaps volunteering in our archives department would be ideal. We have a large array of photos, newspapers, and files available for those searching for something or someone unparticular. The archive department is a great way to dig into the past without getting dirty. An array of visitors come to the museum to search for family members, events and local history. Volunteering in archives includes knowledgably skills, an eye for detail and a sense of discovery.


Front Desk

Greetings! Its an important part of welcoming visitors to your museum.  You are the first person visitors see when they walk in our beautiful wood doors. Assisting visitors and letting them know about our wonderful Bitter Root Valley is what we do. You will welcome them with a smile and be able to answer any questions they may have. Our lovely visitors guides will show our visitors around our rooms within the museum. This volunteer position is wonderful for those who are friendly, have great customer service skills, and enjoy our local history.



Thousands of visitors meander through the museum exhibit rooms per year. Everyone who comes here, looks to find a piece of our local history. The Ravalli County Museum offers many tour options to groups visiting. School groups have become our specialty. It is a wonderful experience to have children of all ages visit and ask questions about the Bitter Root. At times, every exhibit room is full of school groups with a museum tour guide to assist with questions and fun facts. If you enjoy local history, speaking to people about the Bitter Root, and teaching others the importance of history- then this volunteer position is right for you!





The mission of the Ravalli County Museum & Historical Society is to acquire, preserve, protect and interpret the historical and cultural heritage of the Bitter Root Valley and its people.