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: February 12March 19, April 16 and May 21.

SENSORY FRIENDLY NIGHTS are offered quarterly. Admission is $3/person (+ tax) for members and non-members.

Join us Saturday, March 24 from 6-8 pm for Sensory Friendly Night: Easter AdventurePlay in the exhibits, create a bunny craft, enjoy a storytime, and hunt for eggs! Children will have an opportunity to trade in their eggs for a fun-filled goody bag!

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.

For questions or to sign up to receive emails about upcoming sensory friendly programming: contact Christine Simonson, Director of Education,