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Morning at the Museum

Upcoming Morning at the Museum Dates

Saturday, April 20 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York CityRegister

Saturday, May 11 at the National Museum of Natural History: Registration information coming soon!

Saturday, June 15 at the National Zoo: Registration information coming soon!

*Registration is required.*

Morning at the Museum (MATM) is a free, sensory-friendly program for children, teenagers, and young adults who are neurodivergent and their families in which they can visit a Smithsonian museum prior to opening on designated Saturday or Sunday mornings. Monthly programs rotate between Smithsonian museums. Registration is required. Pre-registered families visit one Smithsonian museum before it opens to the public, where they can participate in activities or explore the exhibitions independently at their own pace. Prior to each program, pre-registered families receive “pre-visit” materials to help them prepare for their visit including social narratives, sensory maps, visual schedules, and tip sheets. Similar pre-visit materials are available to help families plan for visits that take place outside of MATM program hours. These materials can be found in the “Resources” section of the Access Smithsonian website here.  

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Morning at the Museum Introductory Video

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