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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 Access@si.edu.

Morning at the Museum Introductory Video

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