Relaxed Opening Sessions – autism-friendly

Friday 2 November 2018

Friday 22nd February 2019

Friday 12 April 2019

Friday 31 May 2019

Friday 26 July 2019

Friday 30 August 2019

all at 10.30am - 12 noon

FREE - sponsored by Paessler AG for 2018

Registration Required

Visit our museum before the usual general public opening times. Please check back for more details about each session as the date approaches.

Explore the museum and take part in drop-in activities. Especially suitable for visitors with autism or other special needs, and their siblings, parents and carers.

Enjoy Augmented Reality trails, family trails with hands-on activities, programming and a chill-out zone. All drop-in sessions, so stay for as long as you wish.

If a Bytes festival is running, you'll be welcome to stay on after 12 noon to enjoy more hands-on activities for families.

This November take part in our Lego competition to create a model of one of our historic machines or design a T-Shirt for the chance to win a prize.

Please visit our accessibility pages to view our visual story and sensory map, which can help people to prepare for their visit.

IMPORTANT NOTE - Please register by emailing education.

Registration is required to try to ensure that the event works to everyone's benefit - if you have any questions, you can also email education.

What people say about the Relaxed Opening sessions:

My sons had a super time, the interactive activities were great and kept them both engaged. Your team were most helpful and great with the children.

Our boys both loved it... Ordinarily, after a few hours one son is on edge, on the verge of overload. They say living with autism is like living life in a disco ... I want to comment about your staff, ... They were utterly brilliant. Patient, understanding, tremendously knowledgeable, they explained things in such an accessible way, there was always someone available.

My seven-year-old and my friend's two boys had a wonderful time and I really appreciated the opportunity for them to enjoy something they would otherwise fund quite challenging.

They obviously loved the gaming areas, enjoyed making the stickman hit the fruit. The staff in the BBC [micro] area were lovely. In fact the tips about getting children coding have already been implemented and they have been using the site that was recommended. My husband wants to come next time!

A huge thank you for organising the relaxed session. It makes a huge difference to families like mine to be able to get out.