Access, Inclusion & Sensory Friendly Programs

The Museum strives to be an inclusive and accessible space that celebrates neurodiversity and welcomes people of all needs and abilities. We currently offer monthly Sensory Friendly Mornings, open to all guests and members, and weekly Access & Inclusion Afternoons open to groups serving children and families with disabilities, on the autism spectrum, and/or sensory processing disorders. Pre-registration is required.

Sensory Friendly Mornings - For All

Pre-Registration Required

A sensory-friendly experience at the museum 

Port Discovery’s Sensory Friendly Mornings provide Museum access to families who would benefit from a sensory-friendly experience and quieter setting at Port Discovery two hours before opening to the general public.

These mornings are designed to provide you with an opportunity to enjoy the Port Discovery experience in a sensory-modified setting, including limited admission and sound and lighting adjustments.

Sensory Friendly Mornings will include open-play opportunities throughout the Museum. No proof of qualification will be required.

What to Expect  

  • Limited Attendance
  • Port Discovery staff to assist with providing a supportive environment
  • Sound and light reduction
  • Sensory Kits
  • Dedicated Quiet Zone Area

Upcoming Sensory-Friendly Mornings

We require pre-registration in an effort to better serve our guests and provide a welcoming, adaptive environment that meets your needs.  

  • Sunday, November 20, 2022 from 9 AM – 11 AM
  • Sunday, December 18, 2022 from 9 AM – 11 AM
  • Sunday, January 22, 2023 from 9 AM – 11 AM
  • Sunday, February 19, 2023 from 9 AM – 11 AM
  • Sunday, March 19, 2023 from 9 AM – 11 AM
  • Sunday, April 23, 2023 from 9 AM – 11 AM
  • Sunday, May 21, 2023 from 9 AM – 11 AM

Access & Inclusion Afternoons - For Groups & Organizations Only

Pre-Registration Required

Port Discovery Children’s Museum aims to be an accessible, inclusive environment for children and adults to thrive through playful learning experiences. Our Access & Inclusion Afternoons provide a modified environment for play and learning for children, their caregivers, and families.

This program is intended for groups and organizations serving children and families with disabilities, on the autism spectrum, and/or sensory processing disorders.

If you are looking for opportunities open to the general public, please consider our Sensory Friendly Mornings, which are open to all. 

What to Expect:

  • This event is reserved for groups and organizations only. Pre-registration is required.
  • Limited Attendance
  • Port Discovery staff to assist with providing a supportive environment
  • Adaptions to the Museum and exhibit areas to meet group needs
  • Sensory Kits
  • Dedicated Quiet Zone Area

Upcoming Access & Inclusion Afternoons for Groups & Organizations Only

  • Available Weekly on Tuesday Afternoons from 1 to 3 PM starting October 4  
  • Registration Requred:  Please contact Rachel Demma at rdemma@portdiscovery.org to learn more about group access to the museum on Access and Inclusion Tuesday afternoons

We require pre-registration in an effort to better serve our guests and provide a welcoming, adaptive environment that meets your needs. 

Port Discovery Children’s Museum student visits, exhibits, and programs are supported in part by the following partners.

Institute of Museum and Library Services