There are many ways that you can contribute to the Mahwah Museum’s work.

Join A Committee!

The Mahwah Museum has a number of Committees which get work done on almost every aspect of the Museum’s work. Check out our Committee list to get a sense of the opportunities available!


Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays, 1pm to 4 pm.

Docents open the Museum, give tours, answer questions, and close the museum at the end of the day.  Docents work in pairs during our operating hours — 1-4 p.m. on  Saturdays Sundays, and Wednesdays from September to June at the main Museum, and Sundays from 2-4 p.m., late June to Mid-September, at the Old Station Museum and Caboose.  Docents can work as often as they like, and new docents are always teamed with experienced docents. We provide training and a schedule so that you know when you are needed.

Please email or call the museum if interested director@mahwahmuseum.org (201) 512-0099.

Donald Cooper

Model Train Display

Help Maintain Our Model Railroad

Are you a train buff?  The Donald Cooper Model Railroad is one of our most popular permanent exhibits.  The layout is a favorite stop for children of all ages.

Our Donald Cooper Model Railroad volunteer team meets on Wednesday evenings year round to work on our large HO, DCC-controlled model railroad layout.  Some of our volunteers are carpenters, electricians, computer experts, train maintenance people, artists, or model railroad engineers.  They meet weekly to work on the railroad, and some like to volunteer as docents on weekends to run the railroad and answer questions for museum visitors.  The railroad is constantly growing and changing, so help is always appreciated.  Our railroad volunteers also keep the trains running for the public, for scout groups, and for other special occasions.

Please email or call the model train exhibit director if interestedrailroad@mahwahmuseum.org (201) 512-0099.


Are you a high school or college student seeking a new experience? We have lots of work available for students, ranging from archives, publicity, fundraising, and research.  Interns have helped catalog our library, made films and videos, conducted oral histories, digitized newspapers, and assisted in the analysis of archaeological digs.  While a great experience for history students, our interns have also included students interested in library work, computer science, law, and communications. Internships can usually be arranged for course credit and help your resume stand out from the crowd.  Please click here to email us. Please attach a resume and indicate the area you would like to intern in.