Sensory-Friendly Museum Days

Special Museum Access For Visitors of All Ages and Abilities
timeline exhibit in museum
  • November 13th 2021 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • December 11th 2021 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Second Saturday of each month thru December

  • Museum
  • $10/Person | Caregivers: Free
  • Please note: some museum interactives have been modified in accordance with health and safety guidelines due to COVID-19.

Creating a fun, enjoyable, and explorative museum experience in an inclusive environment.

During Sensory-Friendly Museum Days, individuals of all ages with autism, complex developmental disabilities, or sensory sensitivities are welcome to experience our Main Exhibit, gift shop, and cafe during special early-morning hours before the museum opens to the general public.

In addition to the museum’s lighting and sound features being augmented and having trained staff on-hand to guide visitors through their experience, the following will be offered: 

Sensory Map

Allowing visitors navigate comfortably by indicating areas of high stimulation - including noisy, dark, crowded, or bright spaces. Download here.

Social Narratives

Helping learners adjust to a potentially new social situation by describing the environment, highlighting important cues, and offering examples of appropriate ways to respond. Download here.

We are committed to making Bethel Woods an accessible place for everyone.

Copies of the Sensory Map, as well as the Social Narrative, will be available at the Welcome Desk every day that the Museum is open, in an effort to encourage diverse participation across the spectrum of learners. We are dedicated to ensuring the full integration of individuals with disabilities who use our facilities. Learn more about our efforts to make our exhibits, activities, and events as inclusive and accessible as possible for all visitors.

Make sure to check out our blog for a behind-the-scenes look at our Sensory-Friendly Museum Days and to learn more about the two women who made this program a reality.