Early birds in the Dinosaurs gallery
Early birds in the Dinosaurs gallery Image: Anna Kucera
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Ages: All welcome!

Early Birds provides a reduced sensory, relaxed and supportive environment prior to the Museum opening to the public for the day. This can make visiting the Museum easier for autistic people and for those who have other access requirements, together with friends and families.


  • A supportive environment with limited visitors prior to the Museum opening at 10am.
  • A designated quiet area for those needing to take a break.
  • A Visual Story with more details on what to expect.
  • Staff trained in autism awareness and disability.
  • A kiosk for an early morning beverage or snack. The main café will open at 10am.
  • After 10am Early Birds are welcome to stay for the remainder of the day.


  • Bookings essential. Places are limited and tickets should be booked in advance.
  • There will be multiple Early Birds events throughout the year.

The Australian Museum has worked with Autism Spectrum Australia to make this an accessible event.

The Australian Museum together with its Early Birds program has recently won Aspect’s Autism Friendly Achievement Award 2021. This award recognises significant achievements by an individual or organisation towards making the world more autism friendly.

This program is funded by a grant from the Australian Museum Foundation.


Early Birds is designed for autistic people and those with sensory sensitives. Features of this event may also benefit visitors with other access requirements and their families or friends. This event is for all ages.

Early Birds events align with the Australian Museum's Accessibility and Inclusion Action Plan 2018-21 (AIAP) to break down barriers that hinder the full and effective participation of people with access requirements, and create a place where everyone can be inspired to explore and understand our natural and cultural worlds. Early Birds is a gateway event where visitors become familiar with the Australian Museum in a safe and supportive environment, in order to feel comfortable and confident visiting us again.

  • Early Birds events have limited capacity to reduce crowds, queues and associated noise.
  • Lighting and sound levels will be adjusted, where possible, throughout the Museum.
  • Exhibitions will have lighting increased and loud, unexpected sounds such as dinosaurs roaring, switched off.
  • High sensory areas where lighting can't be increased due to conservation issues, will be indicated on the Museum map and in the Visual Story.
  • Hand-dryers will be turned off and paper towel will be available in toilet facilities.
  • PA announcements will be avoided from 8am-10am
  • A designated quiet room will be available for use to take a break and reset before continuing on your Museum adventure!
  • The first Early Birds event took place in January 2021. View blog here.

Yes. Early Birds are welcome to stay and enjoy the Museum for the remainder of the day, however, lighting and sound in exhibition spaces will return to previous levels along with other features.

Everything you would do during opening hours!

Early Birds events are scheduled to occur one Saturday morning during every NSW school holiday period. Dates for 2021 include 16 January, 10 April, 10 July and 2 October.

Dine & Discover vouchers

Redeem your Dine & Discover vouchers towards Australian Museum membership, event tickets and at the Billabong cafe and No.1 William restaurant.

Dine & Discover vouchers are available to redeem in person only.

The Australian Museum is COVID Safe

The current NSW Public Health Orders require that anyone visiting or working at the AM must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or medical exemption (aged 16+) and wear a fitted facemask (aged 12+) to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The AM’s existing COVID Safe measures including QR code check in, social distancing, increased cleaning and hygiene practices remain in effect.

View our full COVID-19 safety information here.