× 2017

Doors Open Baltimore

Explore Charm City

Doors Open Baltimore is expanding to 2 days in 2017, which means you can explore Baltimore even more!

Saturday, October 28: Visit participating sites
Sunday, October 29: Attend special events

Add Doors Open 2017 to your calendar 10-28-2017 10:00:00 10-29-2017 16:00:00 15 Doors Open Baltimore 2017 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Architecture Foundation MM/DD/YYYY Contact Us Volunteer

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Looking to immerse yourself in architecture, design, and Baltimore history? Want to share your love for Charm City with others? Doors Open Baltimore invites you to join our team of more than 200 volunteers who help make DOB one of Baltimore’s most exciting events. Go behind the scenes of the city’s most important buildings and see Baltimore like you’ve never seen it! All the excitement happens on Saturday, October 22, 2016.

Sign up to become a volunteer
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I sign up to volunteer?

Click here to register as a volunteer. You’ll need to provide us with contact information and your availability on Saturday, October 22. Starting at the beginning of October, the Doors Open Baltimore Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch with you via email with your site assignment and day-of logistics information. We need 200 volunteers this year to help us staff each of 60 sites, so please encourage your friends to volunteer as well. Volunteer registration closes on October 1st.

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers are typically assigned to one four-hour shift to help out in a variety of ways, which may include:

  • Greeting visitors, managing lines, asking visitors to sign up for the DOB mailing list
  • Helping count participants
  • Assisting with crowd control

All volunteers must abide by our Volunteer Code of Conduct which is found below.

When and where do you need volunteers?

We have three volunteer shifts available – the morning (9am-1pm), the afternoon (12pm-4pm) and all day (9am-4pm.)  You can select your preferred time on the volunteer registration form. Volunteers should plan to arrive at the Maryland Historical Society at the start of their shift to pick up your thank you items.

Do I get to pick my site?

Doors Open Baltimore sites fall into four categories – Culture & Community, Historic & Adaptive Reuse, Museums & Galleries and Sacred Spaces. You can indicate on the volunteer form which type of site you would prefer and we will try our best to match you with a site that is of interest to you. Placement at a specific site can not be guaranteed.

Can I volunteer with a friend?

Absolutely! On your registration form, you can indicate the name of a friend with whom you would like to volunteer, and we will do our best to place you together. Spread the word, and tell a friend about volunteering at DOB!

How do I get to my assigned site?

Most volunteers drive themselves to the headquarter site and then to their assigned location. If you plan to take public transit to get to your site, please indicate that in the comment section on your registration form. We will do your best to assign you to a site that is transit accessible.

Will there be a volunteer training session?

This year instead of hosting in person training sessions all volunteers will need to watch a quick 10 minute video that will explain your duties and responsibilities as a volunteer. The link to this video will be provided to you when you receive your assignment.

What do I get if I volunteer?

All volunteers will receive a snack bag to get you through your shift, a cool Doors Open t-shirt and the unending appreciation of the planning committee. This event is not possible with the help of volunteers like you.

Volunteering Code of Conduct

Doors Open Baltimore is an event that celebrates architecture and its ability to unite and inspire the citizens  of Baltimore City. As such, we ask that DOB volunteers make every effort to be pleasant, courteous, and helpful in all of their interactions with participants. Volunteers must arrive 15 minutes before their assigned shifts and remain on site for the duration.

During DOB, volunteers are representatives of Doors Open Baltimore and AIA Baltimore/Baltimore Architecture Foundation. The following activities are prohibited during a volunteer’s shift:


What if I have other questions?

Email Margaret De Arcangelis, DOB Volunteer Coordinator, at mdearc@gmail.com.