Did you know...
Museum houses what
has been recognized as one of the best collections of transportation
vehicles in the world. The Museum was founded in 1944 by a group of
historically minded citizens who had acquired the mule-drawn streetcar "Bellefontaine."
In 1948, the Transport Museum Association (TMA) incorporated as a non-profit
educational organization to better serve the financial and volunteer needs
of the Museum.
Volunteer Opportunities at the Museum of Transportation
Throughout its existence, the Museum of Transportation has depended on
dedicated volunteers to enable it to host, inform, and entertain the tens
of thousands of visitors who pass through its gates every year. Among the
CONDUCTORS, ENGINEERS & DRIVERS – maintaining and operating
the miniature train, fire truck, and other vehicles in the Museum’s
GUIDES & DOCENTS – presenting tours to groups and individuals,
sharing the fascinating history of the artifacts in the Museum’s
PRESERVATION & RESTORATION – Many skills
are needed to preserve and restore MOT artifacts – carpenters,
painters, roofers, electricians, sheet metal workers, welders, crane
and other equipment operators, mechanical workers... ideal if you
enjoy working with your hands in meeting the challenges of artifacts
often many decades old.
LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS – working in the
Museum’s library: cataloging,
inventorying, preservation, and data entry.
GROUNDS MAINTENANCE – operating
mowers and weed-eaters, removing trash, brick and asphalt work, and maintaining
flower beds, shrubs, and trees.
GROUPS PROJECTS – Teams of volunteers
perform track work, library cataloging, weeding, paint preparation and
application, automobile washing and waxing, railcar cleaning... a great
way to have fun and contribute to the world-class MOT collection.
EVENTS – You can provide important assistance at the Museum’s
various special events throughout the year.
TROLLEY OPERATORS – The
Museum of Transportation Trolley Volunteers
will train you as an operator or conductor on streetcars operated on
the Museum’s line.
VEHICLE DRIVERS – Bus, truck, and equipment drivers with Commercial
Driver’s License and passenger endorsement are needed for our
shuttle bus operation at special events.
Call Beth at 314-615-8212 or send an email to