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

March Volunteer Spotlight: mollie

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1. What made you choose Morven as a place you'd like to volunteer?
For me, there is something so special about walking through a grand mansion or a historical house and hearing their stories. This interest led me to volunteer in one such home on Long Island. My concern upon moving to New Jersey was would I find another house to love. One visit to Morven and I was hooked. How could I resist a home built in the 1750’s?  And one built by a signer of the Declaration of Independence. 

2. What is your best memory, so far, of a volunteer activity you did with us and why?
Reading to children at Storytime and seeing their delighted and rapt expressions is pure pleasure for this retired school teacher. 

3. What do you wish more people knew about Morven?
Tea on Wednesday in the Garden Room at Morven is a delicious secret. I wish more people were aware of this elegant afternoon. 

4. When you're not volunteering with us - where is your favorite place/what is your favorite way to spend your time?
I ️love New York.  So high on my list of favorite things is meeting friends for theater or an art exhibit in the city. I also enjoy a good book or movie. 

5. What do you enjoy most about volunteering in general and with Morven specifically?
I believe in volunteerism - providing time or skills for the benefit of others. For me, it’s giving back to the community.  Morven is my “happy place.” Here I get caught up talking to many interesting people. I get to share my knowledge of Morven’s rich history.  And I get to go home with a feeling of accomplishment.


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.