Morven Museum & Garden




Morven’s volunteer corps is critical to our success. Our volunteers collectively contribute hundreds of service hours annually. It is a great way to learn more about Morven and the history of New Jersey while meeting new people and caring for a National Historic Landmark.

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Email a completed volunteer application to or call Debra Lampert-Rudman at 609.924.8144 ext. 106

February Volunteer Spotlight: Joanne

Development, Garden, and Special Events


1. What made you choose Morven as a place you'd like to volunteer? To take a break every so often I would walk over to the gardens on my lunch hour to enjoy the peace and solitude. Right before I retired I received an email from Morven regarding volunteer opportunities. Having gone through Mercer County's Master Garden Program volunteering in the garden jumped off the page and I was hooked!

2. What is your best memory, so far, of a volunteer activity you did with us and why? Volunteering on the 4th of July, at the home of the Signer, will always be a special memory.

3. What do you wish more people knew about Morven? As a volunteer it is not all about being a docent, which was my naive impression of Morven. Now from experience there are so many different ways to get involved.

4. When you're not volunteering with us - where is your favorite place/what is your favorite way to spend your time? Long peaceful weekends at the shore, with a cup of coffee in hand enjoying the protected beach on the Delaware Bay, watching the shore birds and this year's special treat spotting adult eagles with their offspring on the shoreline.

5. What do you enjoy most about volunteering in general and with Morven specifically? This sound trite but having a good time with fellow volunteers and staff. Also the peacefulness of working in the garden, listening to the songbirds with the noise of busy Princeton in the background . I'm always happy as I enter the Morven driveway.


Morven Docent/Guide

Morven is always looking for enthusiastic, outgoing individuals to volunteer as docents/guides.

Docents are trained by Morven’s Curator of Collections to conduct tours for visitors that promote a deeper understanding of the role Morven played in American and New Jersey history.

The museum is open for tours Wednesday through Sunday. The minimum commitment is two four-hour shifts per month.

Garden Volunteer

Garden volunteers work alongside Morven’s horticulturists tending the historic grounds.

Volunteers help with the annual heirloom plant sale by arranging and pricing plants and helping shoppers choose the perfect plants for their garden.

Office work and Special Events

Volunteers lend a helping hand to Morven’s staff for events, setting up before and assisting guests during events such as Morven in May, Fourth of July Jubilee,  and the Festival of Trees in December.

Volunteers assist in a variety of behind the scenes work, including mailings and office tasks.

If you have a special talent, let us know! Volunteers have helped Morven’s efforts in a variety of ways, including proof-reading, computer editing and design, woodworking, and more.

Volunteers enjoy a flexible schedule and are welcome any day of the week.