Volunteers at the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen
Civic involvement plays an important role at the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen (rem). At present, around 231 volunteers work in various areas of the museums’ collections and operations. The rem recruit a large number of their volunteer workers from the ranks of the Society of Friends of the rem and the Mannheim Historical Society. Nearly every field of work at the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen profits from the involvement of volunteers today: visitor services, public relations and especially the Archeology, Ethnology, City History and Theater History collections.
Volunteers not only donate their free time and labor but also enhance the service and quality of museum work through their expertise, creativity, and enthusiasm. Many volunteers have been working at the rem for decades.
The Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft conferred its German Culture Award on the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen volunteers in 2001 in recognition of their exemplary dedication. The award is not only an expression of appreciation of the volunteers’ work at the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen but also the volunteer museum workers’ civic involvement, which is exemplary in all of Baden-Württemberg.
The rem greatly appreciate their volunteers’ personal dedication. Years of experience have shown that an effective interplay between volunteers and full-time staff is profitable for both.
The rem show their volunteers their gratitude with special tours through current exhibitions, group excursions, and free admission to museum events. An active part of their cultural operations, the rem provide their volunteers an experience that forms identity with a culture of its own.