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Australian National Maritime Museum to mark World Autism Understanding Day by going sensory friendly

Australian National Maritime Museum 2 mins read

To acknowledge and celebrate World Autism Understanding Day, the Australian National Maritime Museum has partnered with Aspect to make the museum a sensory friendly zone so that visitors on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities can enjoy the museum in a modified environment.


On World Autism Understanding Day, April 2nd, adjustments will be made across the museum for the entire day to create a comfortable environment for those with sensory issues, these modifications include:

  • Reducing the overall sensory input in our core gallery exhibitions, including adjusting audio levels to a reduced or silent mode and adjusting the lighting in galleries that are typically in darker or harsher lighting states
  • Additional signage about sensory triggers in each space so that visitors can make informed decisions about whether or not a specific exhibition may be suitable
  • Theatre screenings will be set to a relaxed mode, with reduced volume and comfortable lighting
  • A quiet space will be available for anyone who wishes to use it
  • Staff and volunteers at the museum will be briefed with hidden disabilities awareness training materials to ensure they are equipped to support visitors
  • Sensory backpacks for both children and adults are available to hire at front of house


The Australian National Maritime Museum has been a registered Sunflower venue since 2022, and regularly hosts Sensory Friendly Sundays to allow visitors with differing needs the opportunity to partake in the museum’s offerings on a regular basis.


Programs and Activations Coordinator Annalice Creighton has said, “We are proud to be partnering with Aspect to celebrate World Autism Understanding Day and look forward to being able to continue to work with our visitors and communities and to help make the museum an enjoyable, memorable and accessible experience for all.”



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