Our venues

Autism-friendly learning sessions

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We welcome children and adults with autism in our museums and galleries. 

Autism TogetherWe have been working with Autism Together to develop skills to make our venues more autism-friendly. 

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. 

Quiet mornings

We are running a series of quiet Sunday mornings which are aimed at supporting the needs of people with autism. They are times when the venues are open as usual but at quieter times. You do not need to book. If we are running any workshops or activities on these dates then they will take place in less crowded spaces.

See our What's on listings for upcoming dates of autism-friendly mornings.

Autism-friendly sessions for schools

'Let's dig!' at the Museum of Liverpool

Thursday 21 September 9.30-10.30am and 11.45am-12.45pm

These Museum of Liverpool sessions have been adapted for the needs of school children with autism (Year 6 and Year 7). 

Let’s dig! is a chance to be an archaeologist and make your own discoveries about Liverpool and the surrounding areas. 

Students can carry out excavations of Roman, and Victorian sites, whilst learning about the importance of evidence and investigating the finds. A craft activity to make your own Roman helmet to take away with away is also available.

Early entry to the museum at 9:30am.

The volume of sound effects along the History Detectives Timeline is reduced.

These sessions must be booked in advance using this booking form or by phoning 0151 478 4788

Other school sessions

Our other learning sessions are also accessible for schools, educational and community groups including young people with autism. These sessions need to be booked and it is important that you inform us at the time of booking how many autistic people are in your group and tell us about any particular needs.

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:

  • 2.30-5pm on weekdays during school term times. This is because the venues become quieter after school groups have left.
  • 10am-12noon 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.

See our  autism-friendly guide to World Museum (pdf) which has photos of spaces inside and outside the Museum, along with useful information.