A sensory friendly experience at the Museum

We are excited to offer NCM guests a reimagined program – Sensory Friendly Mornings! Formerly known as Accessibility Mornings, Sensory Friendly mornings will be held quarterly on select Saturdays, and is intended for families who would enjoy and appreciate a quieter Museum environment. Using helpful feedback from visiting families, we know that some visitors enjoy a quieter Museum with fewer guests and less stimulation than our general museum hours offer.

The Museum’s interactive art installations vary from high-sensory activities to designated sensory-break zones that provide a range of experiences for families to enjoy with comfort and safety. Join us on any of the dates listed below from 9am-11am and stay for the day if desired!

No advanced registration required. Normal museum admission and parking rates apply. All our admission access programs, for example Museums for All, are still available. 

The Museum strives to be an inclusive and accessible space that celebrates neurodiversity and welcomes people of all needs and abilities. Learn more about our accessibility services at the Museum here.

Virtual Sensory Friendly Mornings Resources

Check out our online art resources and virtual arts programming from partner organizations for our Accessibility Mornings families!

Masks, Face Shields and Gloves, Oh My!

A story about how kids might see different people wearing masks, face shields and gloves by the Autism Little Learners blog.
Read the story here.

Read Along with Words Alive

Amanda Bonds from Words Alive reads “Five Green and Speckled Frogs” by Priscilla Buris. Read along and learn how to count! Watch video here.

Painting Self-Portraits
with Joel Anderson

Joel Anderson is an artist, speaker and author who has autism. Watch his tutorial on how to draw and paint a self-portrait! Watch video here.

Sensory Friendly Mornings is made possible by