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Open seven days a week, 10.00-18.00. Entry to the Museum is free.

Early Birds


Early Birds enables families with children who have an Autism Spectrum Condition to come along and enjoy the Museum free from the hustle and bustle of the general public.

Taking place on selected Saturdays across the year, we open the Museum early at 08.30, and some of our interactive galleries remain available exclusively to booked Early Birds guests until 11.15. As well as exploring some of the galleries you can enjoy a selection of fun workshops and exciting demonstrations.

All of these events are completely free and suitable for families with children under the age of 15.

When is Early Birds taking place?

The next Early Birds will take place on 23 September 2017. 

If you would like to receive a reminder that bookings are about to open, email us and we'll add you to our Early Birds mailing list.

The other Early Birds dates for 2017 are:

  • 9 December

Do I need to book?

Places are limited so you do need to book, however the booking lines are not yet open.

When booking opens you will be able to get tickets using the Book Now button above to go to our booking site, and you can also book tickets by calling 020 7942 4000 between 08.30–18.00 (please note that the lines can get very busy).

How do I cancel my Early Birds booking?

If you have already booked but are no longer able to attend, please let us know by calling 020 7942 4000 so that we can release your places. It's helpful if you can include your booking reference number when you contact us. 

What else do I need to know?

Once you have booked we will email you about a week in advance with more information about the programme for your visit. 

Our Visual Story can help you prepare for your visit.

Not all areas of the Museum will be open during Early Birds. The programme we send you nearer the time will explain the areas that you will be able to explore.

When the Museum opens to general visitors at 10.00 some areas will remain accessible exclusively to Early Birds guests until 11.15. After that time all areas of the Museum will be open to the general public. At this point you are welcome to stay and explore other galleries that were not available during Early Birds.

I'm a school teacher, can I bring my class?

Early Birds is just for families, so please feel free to spread the word to the parents of pupils aged under 15 years.

What if I'm over 15?

Don't worry if you're over 15, we have our Night Owls event which will run on Saturday 2 December 2017 for young adult visitors (16–25 years old) who have an Autism Spectrum Condition.

Thank you

Early Birds is supported by The Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation.


Image credits

Image courtesy of Pooja Parulekar (@peppyhere, Instagram) 2015

Early Birds

Early opening for families with members who have an Autism Spectrum Condition

Price: Free but booking essential