Volunteer Info


The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation is always seeking new volunteers to assist at the Museum of Coastal Carolina and the Ingram Planetarium.  They are both wonderful facilities that provide educational and motivating programs and exhibits for all ages.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is always a delight for children and adults. We have several theme galleries and interactive exhibits.  The touch tank has live urchins, sea stars, fish, and our giant horseshoe crab that everyone finds fascinating.  The Green Swamp exhibit provides an intimate look at what animals roam in areas close by.  Wander through the largest dry aquarium in the Southeast and see who you are swimming with.  Shark jaws, loggerhead turtle exhibits, coastal birds, plus much more are featured – you won’t be disappointed. You can be a part of this great facility.

The Ingram Planetarium offers a totally different experience but just as fascinating.  Look to the sky and learn how far our universe extends and what is beyond.  You will experience what it is like to fly through space and visit our planets plus much more.  Laser shows with music to match are also a delight. The science hall offers hands on activities.  If the skies above are of interest to you, than this is where you need to be.

Volunteers are needed in many areas: Gift shops, Visitor Services, Touch Tank, Family Programs, and behind-the-scenes people.  If you are interested in designing new exhibits, landscaping, secretarial work, planning special events, doing programs, lectures, cleaning, cooking, assisting with programs or events – we have a place for you!

To download our volunteer application form, click here:  VOLUNTEER-APPLICATION-2020.

I would love to show you both facilities at a time convenient to you.  I can be reached at the museum at 910- 579-1016.  This is an opportunity to meet great people, get out of the house and share your life experiences.  I look forward to working with you.


Harold Wainman
Volunteer Coordinator
Tel. 910-579-1016

Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Volunteers at the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium were honored on January 29, 2020, at the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at the Museum.  Special awards were presented to these individuals for their outstanding service during the past year:

From left: Donna Dempsey, Joseph Kaczvinsky, Rosemary D’Ettore, Don Burrow and OIMF Executive Director Terry Bryant (not pictured: Leslie Costas)

Lifetime Achievement Award – Rosemary D’Ettore
Museum Volunteer of the Year Award – Don Burrow

Planetarium Volunteer of the Year Award – Donna Dempsey

Museum Rookie of the Year – Leslie Costas

Planetarium Rookie of the Year – Joseph Kaczvinsky

The success of these two wonderful facilities is due in large part to the enthusiasm and dedication of over 100 volunteers who volunteer their time at the front desks, in the gift shops, and at the Museum’s Touch Tank. Volunteers also help with school group visits, conduct special programs, and help maintain exhibits, buildings, and landscaping.