The Autism friendly museum

Family walking in Think Ahead exhibition

Written for children in consultation with AMAZE, the stories have photographs to show children what they'll encounter during a visit to Scienceworks. You can read them online as a webpage, or you can download a Word document to print out. You can also cut and paste the stories to create a story that best suits your child.


Map of high and low sensory spaces

The museum can be a confronting place for sensitive visitors. Use our map of high and low sensory spaces to plan a visit to suit your child.

Low sensory spaces, coloured blue on the map, are quiet areas that are bright, have few people and no multimedia. High sensory spaces, indicated in pink, are busy places with a mix of multimedia, loud noises and/or low light. The Planetarium, the Lightning Room and the Pumping Station are all areas which visitors may find confronting and these are marked in yellow.

You can borrow a laminated copy of the map from the Scienceworks Information desk or you can download your own via the link below.

Low Sensory Sessions

On the first Saturday of every month, Scienceworks offers low sensory sessions for visitor who experience sensory sensitivity. Loud sound effects and music will be muted, and bright or flashing lights will be dimmed in all galleries included with museum entry. Find out more and book tickets

Quiet times

Scienceworks tends to be quieter between 3pm and 4.30pm on weekdays during term time. February is the quietest month.

Avoid queues

To minimise the time your family spends in a queue, we suggest that you buy tickets online before you visit and bring your printed tickets with you. Show and scan your tickets at the members' entry on the shop side of the ticket desk for quick entry.


We'd love to hear what you think about these social scripts and whether they are helpful to you. Drop us a line on [email protected].

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