Volunteers run the Shafer Museum! All year 'round, there's lots to be done, indoors & out, at a computer or talking with people. There's something for every personality! Browse here or on Volunteer Methow for opportunties to get invovled. 

Museum Hosts

Greet, welcome and talk with museum visitors about the Methow Valley, local history, technology, farming, agriculture, mining and geology, local historic sites - and learn about them yourself! As a museum host, you'll share Methow Valley history with guests and represent this place we call home.

Hosts should enjoy talking, listening & interacting with all kinds of people: children, adults, elders, families, locals & tourists with a courteous, friendly and professional approach.

Light cleaning & tidying in the museum area required, including wiping down glass cases, sweeping walks, etc. to care for the museum objects & spaces.

Hosts will also perform gift shop sales of books & postcards.

What’s the commitment? What's the schedule? There are options! And yes, take time off for your trip, vacation, camping, visitors - it's summer after all.

We will work with you to figure out a schedule.

Training? Attend at least one session to learn about Methow Valley history & the museum buildings, and one session on specifics of the gift shop, opening & locking up, etc. Then, you'll shadow another host before you start on your own. 

Benefits? Receive a complimentary individual membership, 10% in the gift shop, invites to museum events, discover more about the place where you live, and amaze your friends and family with the local facts and trivia you learn!

Host Roxie Miller shows off the Castle's living room to visitors.


2024 Training Dates - All training is at the Museum

May 17, Friday 4:00-6:00pm

TOUR FOR DOCENTS date announcement coming soon

Please RSVP to Suzanne for training here:




Spend a few hours in the summer sharing exhibits with museum visitors. Host or Tour Guide.

Archives & Artifacts

Catalog and organize photos, documents and objects behind the scenes.


Plan and provide family crafts, activities and programs on the museum grounds.

Rusty Metal Gang

These women & men build and maintain the grounds, displays... and get to work on the old cars.