Free early bird autism and sensory-friendly mornings are a fantastic idea and a great initiative in being inclusive for all patrons. Prior to the Museum opening to the public, access to a reduced sensory, relaxed and supportive environment is the perfect set up for visitors on the autism spectrum and all who may have challenging behaviours in a busy environment. It makes visiting the Museum easier for families who need it. Visitors are limited to a 100 for these sessions, prior to 10am, plus there's a designated quiet area for those who need to take a break.
Staff are also trained in autism awareness and disability. Early Bird visitors are also welcome to stay for the remainder of the day after 10am, if it suits them. For a visual story with more details on what to expect, see here. For these events, bookings are essential as places are limited. The Australian Museum has worked with Autism Spectrum Australia to make this an accessible event. Upcoming Early Bird Mornings X 2 are as follows.
Sat 10 April 2021 from 8am to 10am @Australian Museum Sydney
Sat 10 July 2021 from 8am to 10am at the same Museum on 1 William St, Darlinghurst
From dinosaurs to rooftop dining, the transformed Australian Museum has something for everyone. Plan and book your visit, and discover the extraordinary exhibitions on display. The Australian Museum is committed to creating a place where everyone can be inspired to explore and understand our natural and cultural worlds and they have worked to make these mornings as accessible as possible to break down barriers that might hinder people with sensory sensitivities or access requirements from visiting.