Our venues

Autism-friendly learning sessions

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We welcome children and adults with autism in our museums and galleries. Our learning sessions are accessible for schools, educational and community groups during. We are also piloting a series of sessions which are aimed at supporting the needs of people with autism, run at quieter times, in less crowded spaces at our venues.

Autism TogetherWe are currently working with Autism Together to develop skills to make our venues more autism-friendly. We have quiet areas in each venue. We will evaluate our events and we welcome feedback from visitors who attend so that we can develop and improve this service. Feedback forms will be available. 

The offer is free but a session or event needs to be booked in advance so that we can make sure that we can accommodate you and avoid activities becoming crowded.

Please be aware that for everyone’s safety we have a fire alarm system in place in all our museums and galleries. In the event of the alarm going off there will unavoidably be a loud noise. Staff will let you know where to go to feel safe. 

How to book

To reserve a place on any of the sessions listed below please complete a booking enquiry form. We will confirm whether there is a place for you or let you know if all places are booked.

Programme

Big Art for Little Artists, Walker Art Gallery

  • Tuesday 22 November 9.30am - 10.30am. (This session starts before the Gallery opens at 10am.)
  • Big Art gallery, Walker Art Gallery
  • One hour session for early years and children under five
  • The session has space for 15 children and 15 adults

Join us for interactive story telling and rhymes, craft activity and a fun interactive exploration in Big Art gallery.

Javanese Shadow Puppets, World Museum

  • Wednesday 14 December 10.15am - 11am, 11.15am - 12pm and 1.15pm - 2pm
  • Weston Discovery Centre, World Museum
  • For children aged 7- 11 years (Key Stage 2)
  • The session takes place in a quieter separate room. You can also explore the World Cultures Gallery close by and see more shadow puppets in the Asia displays.

In our workshop you can find out about shadow puppets, how they work and make your own to own to take home. You can sit quietly and listen to instructions in the session which involves cutting, sticking and colouring. Find out more about our Javanese shadow puppets learning session.

Visiting us at other times

Visitors with autism are welcome in our museums and galleries at all times but sometimes the museums and galleries can be noisy. Quieter times include:

  • 2.30pm - 5pm on weekdays during school term times. This is because the venues become quieter after school groups have left.
  • 10am - 11.30am on Sunday mornings.

You may wish to avoid times when museums and galleries can be particularly crowded and noisy. These times include: 

  • weekends
  • school holidays
  • bank holidays
  • when big events are happening in the city centre or at a particular museum or gallery.