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; charges apply to film screenings.
WHAT’S ON AT EARLY BIRDS
Early Birds is a great way to explore the museum at a quiet time, away from the hustle and bustle of crowds.
- In Gallery 2, you can explore the history of British cinema in The Forgotten Showman, or join our activity to make your own comic book
- Wonderlab is full of amazing sights and sounds, and there will be a sensory play area in the Wonderlab Studio
- Most of our other 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 Café will be opening early to serve breakfast
After 10.00, families are of course welcome to stay and continue to enjoy their visit to the museum.
As part of the event, there will be a screening of The Muppet Christmas Carol at 10.30 in Pictureville. Enjoy this classic Christmas tale as seen through the eyes of the Muppets!
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 available at the special reduced rate of £3. Buy your tickets at the box office on the day, or book online.
The museum staff working on the day have received training from Specialist Autism Services.
Our special access guide can help you prepare for your visit.
You can find more information about access and facilities at the museum on our accessibility page.
You might also be interested in our BAFTA Young Game Designers autism friendly workshops on 6–7 February 2020.
This workshop will help 11–18-year-olds develop their game ideas in a quiet and relaxed environment.
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