SENSORY FRIENDLY MONDAYS are a time for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and sensory processing differences to have a fun, enjoyable, and interactive learning experience in a comfortable and accepting environment! At the Museum, learning can be verbal or non-verbal; hands-on or hands-off; fast or slow; social or solitary; loud or quiet; directed or inquiry-based. Sensory Friendly Mondays are offered one day per month, September through May, on Members-only Mondays (9 am – 12 pm) when Museum attendance is light. You do not need to be a member in order to attend, but admission or membership is required.

Upcoming Sensory Friendly Mondays are May 15 and September 18.


SENSORY FRIENDLY NIGHTS are offered quarterly. Admission is $3 per person plus tax for members and nonmembers.

Friday, July 28 from 5 – 7:30 pm – Create a sock puppet in The Prop Shop, mold with clay in the Art Studio, dance under the disco ball, and a enjoy an evening a play!

Our Sensory Friendly programming modifications include choice boards and a designated quiet room. A social narrative and visual schedule (available for download below), written from a child’s perspective, are available to help you and your child familiarize yourselves with the Museum before your visit. Watch the video below to learn more about our sensory friendly backpacks, available to borrow while you explore. The Museum has a large, private family restroom on each floor for your comfort and convenience.

Thanks to ABC of NC for their guidance in developing this program.

Questions: Contact Christine Simonson, Director of Education,