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Science and Media Museum

Early Birds is a special event for families with children who have an Autism Spectrum Condition, an anxiety disorder, or a Special Educational Need that means they would benefit from a quieter, more relaxed museum opening.

The museum will open early—at 08.30—and will be available exclusively for our Early Birds guests until 10.00, when we open our doors to the general public.

Entry and activities are free. Early Birds visitors can also enjoy a film screening at reduced ticket prices.

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What’s on at Early Birds

Early Birds is a great way to explore the museum at a quiet time, away from the hustle and bustle of crowds.

This time, we’ve been inspired by Early Man, the amazing new film from Aardman—creators of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep. In Gallery One, you can join in cave painting and clay model-making, and in Makespace you’ll have the chance to engineer your own catapult!

Our newest gallery, Wonderlab, is full of amazing sights and sounds, and there will be a sensory play area in the Wonderlab Studio. Our other galleries, including the BFI Mediatheque, will be open for families to explore and play with interactive exhibits.

The Kodak Gallery will have screens and sounds turned off to ensure a quieter space.

The Media Café will be opening early to serve breakfast.

After 10.00, families are of course welcome to stay and continue to enjoy their visit to the museum.

Film screening

As part of the event, there will be a special screening of Early Man at 09.45 in Cubby Broccoli Cinema. Join plucky caveman Dug as he unites his tribe against mighty enemy Lord Nooth!

During this Autism Friendly Screening, low lights will be left on in the auditorium and the volume of the soundtrack will be reduced. It’s fine for you to move around, make noise or take a break during the film. No advertisements or trailers will be shown before the film.

Tickets are available at the special reduced rate of £3. Buy your tickets at the box office on the day, or book online with Picturehouse.

Wheelchair users are asked to book in advance—call the Picturehouse box office on 0871 902 5756 or email mediamuseum@picturehouses.co.uk.

Useful information

The museum staff working on the day have received training from Specialist Autism Services.

Our special access guide can help you prepare for your visit.

You can find more information about access and facilities at the museum on our accessibility page.