Autism friendly museums and galleries


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

We 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. 

Relaxed sessions

We are running a series of relaxed sessions 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 relaxed sessions.

Autism-friendly workshops for schools

Our school workshops are also accessible for schools, educational and community groups including young people with autism. These sessions need to be booked using the general booking form 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.

Welcome guides to our museums and galleries

Download our welcome guides, which have photos of the museums and galleries as well as lots of useful information to help you plan your visit: