Enjoy a comfortable environment for kids and adults with a variety of sensory differences. 

On Sensory-Friendly Sundays, our Sea Monsters exhibition and creative activity areas will be open extra early and modified for a quieter experience to suit people on the autism spectrum and with a range of differing abilities. 

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

PROGRAM FOR THE DAY 

Start time: Sensory Friendly Sundays access starts at 8.30am

You are welcome to arrive anytime before 11am and stay as long as you like.

8.30am
Play with archaeological dig sites, puzzles, bubbles, slime and more and create your own art works in Kids on Deck activity space (drop-in activities, open to 4pm). 

Enjoy guided access with our friendly staff to the Sea Monsters exhibition (with exclusive access for SFS guests before 9.30am). 

Sound and light levels in upper galleries have been modified to promote a more enjoyable experience up until 12pm 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.

9.30am 
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 exhibitions, visit the Cabinet of Curiosities touch trolley or the Sea Monsters exhibition, take a trail or enjoy a chill out time in one of our quiet spaces.  

10.00am
Cabinet of Curiosities touch trolley opens (drop-in program with tactile objects and artefacts).

12.00pm
Sensory friendly access ends. 

Your ticket gives you all-day access to the museum and creative activities (activities are open to 4pm) so you are welcome to stay and play, but note that the galleries will be noisier and busier from this time. 

Download access guide

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. 

Kids playing in the Aquatic Imaginarium 

 

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