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Sensory-friendly Morning

  • Sunday, May 19, 2019
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Join us for Sensory-Friendly Morning, free from the hustle and bustle of the general public, at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences!  With a calmer, quieter atmosphere outside regular Museum hours, visitors who benefit from these accommodations are invited to explore the Nature Exploration Center in comfort.  During the event, you can meet scientists, live animals, and have hands-on fun in the Discovery Room! 

11am: Sensory-friendly screening of “Backyard Wilderness 3D
WRAL 3D Theater
The lights will be turned slightly up; the sound slightly down; and everyone is welcome to chat, get up, and walk around!  Tickets can be purchased in person at the Museum Box Office for $5 general admission; $4 for seniors, students, and military; $3 for children (3-12); and $2 for Friends of the Museum members.


Noise-cancelling headphones are available for free at the Information Desk with identification.

A Sensory Map that identifies sensory-friendly spaces within the Museum is available as a PDF below.
Sensory Map of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Social Stories for what to expect when visiting the Museum are available as PDFs in English and Spanish, below.

Visiting the Museum Guide (PDF)
Visiting the Museum, Younger Guide (PDF)

Guía del museo para principiantes (PDF)
Guía de museo (PDF)

 American Sign Language Interpreters for live presentations are available upon request. Requests must be made no less than three weeks in advance with Coordinator of Accessibility and Inclusion David Wood, david.wood@naturalsciences.org.

For a comprehensive list of all accommodations available at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences please visit naturalsciences.org/visit/accessibility.

Event Partners

  • Arc of the Triangle
  • ArtsAccess
  • Artspace
  • Autism Society of NC Wake County Chapter
  • City of Raleigh Specialized Recreation and Inclusion Services
  • DJ Svoboda and the Imagifriends
  • GiGi’s Playhouse Raleigh
  • Marbles Kids Museum
  • Maxim Healthcare Services
  • North Carolina Symphony
  • Sertoma Arts Center



May 19, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
The event is free; however, fees do apply for those who choose to view the 3D movie.


Downtown Raleigh
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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David Wood