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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.

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.

Join in our exciting half term events with activities inspired by CBBC’s The Dengineers! In Gallery Two, you can take part in the Design a Den challenge—make a 3D model of your dream den, then upcycle weird and wonderful materials into decorations for your design.

  • 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 screening of Incredibles 2 at 09.45 in Cubby Broccoli Cinema. Join everyone’s favourite family of superheroes as they work together to battle a new villain!

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.

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

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.

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