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Dawnosaurs (Natural History Museum)

Qualified first-aider on site
Service/Activity is free
Sensory room available
Toilet suitable for wheelchair users
Suitable for children and young people with SEND
Sensory Play Opportunities
Wheelchair accessibile venue

Dawnosaurs is a free event for children on the autism spectrum to enjoy the Natural History Museum with their families and siblings, free from the hustle and bustle of the general public.

Visitors have access to a wide-ranging programme of activities, including a chance to see, meet and even touch live animals. All activities are supported by experienced, autism-aware facilitators.

A dedicated Sensory Room will also be available for those children needing a quieter and calmer space.

This event is best for children aged five to 15, and siblings are welcome.

Three dates are available:

  • 7 September 2019 - oceans and rivers
  • 15 December 2019 - rocks and minerals

Doors will open in the morning at 8.00 with large parts of the Museum available exclusively for Dawnosaurs guests until 10.00. Our hands-on gallery Investigate and the Sensory Room will remain open for you until 11.00. Visit the Life in the Dark exhibition, take part in workshop activities, attend our live animal show, and make use of our dedicated Sensory Room. After 10.00 you are welcome to visit other galleries.

Click here to apply for a place at the event on 7th September 

Spaces are in high demand, and priority will be given to first-time attendees.

Who to contact

Dawnosaurs at the Natural History Museum

Where to go

Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road

Time / Date Details

When is it on
7 September 2019, and 15 December 2019. Both at 8am - 10am
Time of day

Local Offer

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Who is this service available to?

Dawnosaurs events are suitable for children on the autism spectrum between the ages of five and 15. Saturday clubs and out-of-school clubs are also welcome.

Last Updated 04/09/2019

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