The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is offering visitors with sensory disorders a special opportunity to attend the Dinosaurs in Motion  exhibit. On Tuesday, July 30 and Tuesday, August 27 from 10:00am to 12:00pm, Museum staff will turn on the house lights, turn down the music and sound effects, and turn off any flashing lights within the exhibit. These changes will create a different experience within the exhibit, and hopefully one that many visitors will benefit from.
Why are we doing this? Many of our visitors have disorders related to one or more of their senses (touch, sight, sound, spacial awareness, etc.), others have disabilities or conditions that are triggered or made worse by an overload of certain senses (flashing lights can trigger seizures, migraines or other conditions). We anticipate that many visitors, with a wide range of disabilities or disorders, will find a visit to a low-sensory version of this exhibit beneficial.
The Museum of Natural Sciences strives to be a welcoming environment for all. Accommodations and programming are available to “special population” groups that might benefit from experiencing the Museum in a different way. These groups include senior citizens, members of the Hispanic/Latino community, at-risk youth, students or adults receiving special education services, pediatric patients and their families, as well as persons with physical, mental, intellectual, behavioral or emotional disabilities. With at least six weeks advance notice we can offer your group a guided tour, reserve a touch kit and/or audio guides, or provide guidance to ensure your group’s visit to the Museum is fulfilling and fun.
If you can’t travel to the Museum, let us travel to you. Special population groups can also benefit from modified outreach programming, where programs are tailored to suit your group’s individual needs. These outreach programs typically last one hour, and many provide a live-animal experience. Any requests for special populations programming, whether in the Museum or as part of an outreach program, should be made at least six weeks before the intended date and should be directed to the Curator of Special Populations at 919.707.9887, or firstname.lastname@example.org . More information on special populations programs can be found at http://naturalsciences.org/programs-events/special-populations .