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Morning at the Museum

Morning at the Museum

Morning at the Museum is a free, sensory-friendly program for families of children, teenagers, and young adults with disabilities including intellectual disabilities, autism, sensory processing disorders, and other cognitive disabilities. On specific Saturday and Sunday mornings, pre-registered families visit a Smithsonian museum before it opens to the public, where they can participate in activities or explore the exhibitions in a self-guided way. Programs rotate between the various Smithsonian Institution museums. Prior to the program, families receive “pre-visit” materials to help them prepare for the visit including social narratives, sensory maps, visual schedules, and tip sheets. Morning at the Museum aims to be a welcoming entry point for families, to provide them with a positive and meaningful experience, and to help them on their journey of becoming lifelong Smithsonian visitors.  

To learn more about Morning at the Museum, please contact Ashley Grady at

Morning at the Museum Introductory Video

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