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National 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.

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.

  • 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.

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.