Early Birds

Early Birds is a special event for families with children who have an Autism Spectrum Condition, an anxiety disorder, or a Special Educational Need that means they would benefit from a quieter, more relaxed museum opening.

The museum will open early – at 08:30 – and will be available exclusively for our Early Birds guests until 10:00, when we open our doors to the general public. Entry and activities are free.

What's on

Early Birds is a great way to explore the museum at a quiet time, away from the hustle and bustle of crowds.

  • Our galleries will be open for families to explore and play with interactive exhibits.
  • The Kodak Gallery will have screens and sounds turned off to ensure a quieter space.
  • The Media Café will be opening early to serve breakfast and also hosts our sensory play area.

As part of the YO-KAI WATCH Half Term Take Over, fun creative activities will be taking place in Galleries One and Two, supported by our Explainer team. The following activities will be available:

After 10:00, families are of course welcome to stay and continue to enjoy their visit to the museum. Please be aware that the museum can be busier than usual during half term.

Cartoon screening

There will be a special screening of episodes 1 and 2 of the YO-KAI WATCH cartoon at 09:45 in the Cubby Broccoli Cinema

During this Autism Friendly Screening, low lights will be left on in the auditorium and the volume of the soundtrack will be reduced. It's fine for you to move around, make noise or take a break during the film.

Tickets are free – you can pick up your ticket from our box office when you arrive at the museum (subject to availability).

Useful information

Our Visual Story can help you prepare for your visit.

The museum staff working on the day have received training from Specialist Autism Services.