Get Involved


Become a Volunteer!

Thanks to volunteers, Miss Eloise’s request to have her family home opened to the public can be realized. The daily tours offered through the museum are given by volunteers. The background of these volunteers range from mothers at home with preschoolers to practicing art therapists. All volunteers bring one element to the museum – their interest in and enthusiasm for the Victorian Era.
So …

What makes for an outstanding volunteer?

Desire to seek new knowledge and to share it with visitors
Communication skills necessary to interact with visitor of all ages

Physical ability to climb stairs
Commitment to preservation

But I don’t know enough …

Orientation sessions and training materials are supplied to all volunteers; the museum has numerous reference books to supplement these materials. Volunteers may begin at any time during the open season, April through December.

When do I work and what exactly do I do?

Volunteers normally contribute one day every week or every other week to the museum. Other schedules can be accommodated. They not only provide guided tours to the public and for pre-arranged groups of visitors, but they also work to help produce the special programs and events throughout the year – making Christmas tree decorations, serving refreshments, story-telling, preparing materials for children’s programs, baking …… many talents from the many volunteers is what makes our offerings successful and special.

 I’m interested; what should I do now?
Contact the museum at 757-623-9814 and ask for a docent/volunteer application.

Thank you for considering sharing your talents, your creativity and your sense of dedication with the Hunter House Victorian Museum. In return the museum will provide you with a delightful atmosphere in which to pursue your Victorian interests and many resources to help you in those pursuits.


Internship Opportunities

The Hunter House Victorian Museum is pleased to offer unpaid internships to Undergraduate and Graduate students in the Hampton Roads area. Students may choose to personalize their experiences to fit their schedules and their interests. Internships last for one semester with the option of college credit. Should the student choose to pursue credit, a program will be arranged in conjunction with the rules and regulations of his/her educational program.

Our interns generally come from programs in history, art history, literature, museum studies, and the humanities. Each intern typically volunteers as a docent for two days per week while completing the capstone project of their choice. Interns can also help with the production of special events or request to learn more about the workings of an historic house museum. The Director and other staff members work personally with interns to ensure their experiences fit their needs.

If you are interested applying to become an intern, send an e-mail to . Please include a resume and a brief cover letter addressing your interests and what you hope to obtain from participating in the program.

Questions? Contact the museum at (757) 623-9814.


Join the local chapter of the Victorian Society in America (EHC-VSA)!

The Hunter House Victorian Museum is the headquarters for a local chapter of the Victorian Society in America. Named for the youngest daughter of the Hunter family and the founder of the museum, the Eloise Hunter Chapter, Victorian Society in America was founded in Norfolk in 1990.

The chapter meets approximately 6 times during the year for a series of lectures, excursions and social events. Recent programs have included a Downton Abbey themed tea, a one-man performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, walking tours of historic Norfolk and Portsmouth, visits to local antique shops, and a series of Victorian-inspired lectures.

Membership is based upon the calendar year. Dues are $15 per person; $20 for a family. Payment is accepted in the form of cash or personal check. We regret we cannot accept credit card payments.

If you would like to become a member, please email chapter president Courtney Bullaboy at to request a membership form.

For more information please contact Courtney or the museum at 757-623-9814.