This January event is sold out! Check out the full program for more amazing school holiday activities, or book now into the 10 April Early Birds program below.
Ages: All welcome!
Early Birds: Access Mornings provide 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 visitors on the autism spectrum or those who have other access requirements, together with their family and friends.
- A supportive environment limited to around 100 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 PDF here
- 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
- An additional cost applies for entry to Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family. The optional extra can be purchased at Admissions on the day of event.
- 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.
This program is funded by a grant from the Australian Museum Foundation.
Early Birds is designed for visitors on the autism spectrum or those with sensory sensitivities. 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!
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.
The Australian Museum is COVID Safe
The Australian Museum is observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
As of 3 January 2021, we require all staff and visitors aged 12 and over to wear a fitted face mask while inside the AM. Please bring your own mask when you visit.
Read the latest visitation information here.