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

May volunteer spotlight: Karine

Marketing & Development Intern and Events Volunteer

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1. What made you choose Morven as a place you'd like to volunteer?
It's not just a Museum; it's also a place where the history and the community merge in such a beautiful way! The fact that Morven has programs related to history but also to arts, creativity and gardening made me fall in love with it.

2. What is your best memory, so far, of a volunteer activity you did with us and why?
I can't choose one! All my experiences volunteering at Morven have been so rich. Each time I go back home with a feeling of being welcome here and it gives me a sense of belonging.

3. What do you wish more people knew about Morven?z
I wish people knew how many great programs Morven has; aside from being a historical place, there's a lot of workshops and fun activities as well.

4. When you're not volunteering with us - where is your favorite place/what is your favorite way to spend your time?
I love to write, so I spend a lot of my time reading and working on writing short stories, poems and articles. I also go to Jazzercise, which is a dance workout blended with Pilates, Yoga and strength exercises. 

5. What do you enjoy most about volunteering in general and with Morven specifically?
It's an enlightening learning experience. I try to connect as much as I can with the people on the places I volunteer at, especially at Morven, so they know they can count on me to be a part of any project or event. Volunteering, to me, is such a beautiful and meaningful exchange, because I am helping others but I'm also learning a lot at the same time.


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.