Cleveland Museum of Natural History Hosting 'Sensory Friendly Sunday' For Patrons on the Autism Spectrum


  • Courtesy of Cleveland Natural History Museum
It can be a struggle for those on the Autism spectrum as well as their parents and caregivers to find fun activities that are appropriate and accommodating to their needs. Fortunately, the Cleveland Natural History Museum has created a gentler way for patrons to experience the museum with their Sensory Friendly Sunday events.

Between 9:30 a.m. to noon the museum will do its best to welcome those who are sensitive to lights and sounds. Some areas and displays will not include sound and some lights will be dimmed. If an area is closed, there will be a sign that designating its closing or a rope to block off the entrance.

The museum will open earlier than usual allowing patrons to avoid crowds, noise and other distractions. The museum will have designated "Please Touch" stations, paceless gallery strolling, designated resting spaces if needed, a sensory-friendly Shafran Planetarium show, live animals outside (weather permitting) and a modified experience in the Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs exhibit.

The museum returns to its regular set up at noon when it opens to the general public, and the sensory sensitivities will no longer be in place. Guests are encouraged to stay as long as they are comfortable.

Sensory Friendly Sundays are possible in thanks to the partnership of University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Division of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics & Psychology, as well as guidance provided by the Monarch Center for Autism Welcoming Spaces Program.

For more information on the event, please visit the official event page here. Sensory Friendly Sunday takes place on July 15 at 1 Wade Oval Drive in Cleveland.

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