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Early Birds is a sensory friendly morning for families with children who need a quieter environment to enjoy the museum.

This event is suitable for children who benefit from visiting the museum free from the hustle and bustle of the general public (for example, children with autism spectrum conditions or sensory processing differences). 

Taking place on selected Saturdays and Sundays across the year, we open the museum exclusively from 08.00, and wherever possible will have adjusted operations and/or lowered volume levels on exhibits until 10.00.

As well as exploring some of the galleries, you can enjoy a selection of fun workshops in a gallery space, available exclusively for Early Birds guests until 11.00.  There will also be quiet areas for those needing to take a break. More details on exactly what to expect on the day will be sent out in advance of each Early Birds event.

The Early Birds accessible events are completely free and suitable for families with children aged 4–15. Siblings are welcome to attend, but all children and adults attending the event will need to book. Booking opens about one month before the event.

Next Early Birds: saturday 4 may 2019

Early Birds guests will be welcomed into the museum from 8.00, with access to select galleries like Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery. You will also have continued private access to workshop areas from when the museum opens to the public at 10.00 until 11.00. The theme is the Space, and you will be receive a Visual Story and the programme closer to the event.

Frequently asked questions:

Mobiloo facilities

On 4 May 2019 from 8.00 to 17.00, a Mobiloo (pop-up Changing Places facility) will be available with hoist, adult-sized changing bench and all else you’d expect to find in a fully accessible toilet.

On 4 May, this will be parked on Imperial College Road, and can be accessed before you enter the museum. Please note that there are no hoist facilities available in the museum apart from on this date.