Sensory-Friendly Sundays - Access Program

Enjoy a modified environment to suit people on the autism spectrum and with a range of differing abilities


8:30am - 11:30am



Sunday 10 December
Sundays 14 and 21 January  

Sunday 25 February 
Sunday 24 March



Enjoy a comfortable environment for kids and adults on the autism spectrum and visitors with a variety of access requirements.


On Sensory-Friendly Sundays our new exhibitions and activity areas will be open extra early for a quieter experience and modified to suit people on the Autism spectrum and visitors with a range of differing abilities. 

Our trained staff and volunteers will be on hand to facilitate creative activities.

Sensory Friendly Summer sessions will include early access to OCTOPUS GARDEN and the Submarine HMAS Onslow*

* Min height 90cm for entry to Action Stations and vessels 




The museum supports the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower. The Sunflower is a globally recognised symbol for non-visible disabilities. 

You are encouraged to bring and wear your sunflower lanyard if you have one, or pick one up for free on arrival to the museum.

Staff who have had training to support visitors with Hidden Disabilities will also be wearing a sunflower badge or sticker.



Cost: $12 child/ adult

Children under 4 and members free/annual pass holders free

* Min height 90cm for entry to Action Stations and vessels

Pre- Booking encouraged


Start time: Sensory Friendly Sundays access starts at 8.30am

This is a relaxed event so guests are welcome to arrive at any time that suits their schedule and stay as long as you like.

We recommend arriving in the first 60-90mins of the program to ensure you have a chance to enjoy the museum before it gets busy.

Create your own art works and enjoy sensory science activities in Kids on Deck activity space (drop-in activities, open to 3pm). 

Enjoy guided access with our friendly staff in the museum galleries (with exclusive access for SFS guests before 10.30am) and on the vessels* (selected dates only* see monthly highlights for details)

Sound and light levels in upper galleries have been modified to promote a more enjoyable experience up until 12.00pm today. 

This is a relaxed event so guests are welcome to arrive at any time that suits their schedule. Guests are advised that the galleries will become busier and noisier towards 12pm onwards though so early morning visits will provide a more enjoyable experience.

10.00am – 12.00pm

Main doors to the museum open. If you arrive after this time you can register with our staff at the main counter and collect a sensory friendly map.

Enjoy the galleries, take a trail, book in a workshop, or enjoy a chill out time in one of our quiet and sensory spaces.

Drop in on the Ocean Lab and enjoy water-based experiments facilitated by our ocean science volunteers.

Visit the Cabinet of Curiosities to enjoy tactile exploration with our education collection objects and specimens

Explore what lies beneath the surface of the harbour with an underwater drones session (ages 7 and up)


Sensory friendly access ends.

Your ticket gives you all-day access to the museum and creative activities (activities are open to 3pm) so you are welcome to stay and play, but note that the galleries will be noisier and busier from this time. 

Feedback Welcome

Sensory friendly Sunday is a new program at the museum. We'd love your feedback, so will send all attendees a short survey after the event for you to share your ideas. 



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