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 are Early Birds taking place?
The next Early Birds will take place on 10 June 2017. Booking will open at 10.00 on Friday 12 May 2017. See below for information about how to book.
If you would like to receive a reminder that bookings are about to open, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add you to our Early Birds mailing list.
The other Early Birds dates for 2017 are:
- 10 June
- 23 September
- 9 December
Do I need to book?
Places are limited so you do need to book. Call us on 020 7942 4000 – we'll take your details and send an email confirming your Early Birds places.
The booking line is open from 08.30–18.00, seven days a week. The team also takes bookings for many other events around the Museum, so the lines can get very busy. Please bear with us if you can't get through at first.
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 10.00am 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 11 November 2017 for young adult visitors (16–25 years old) who have an Autism Spectrum Condition.
Early Birds is supported by The Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation.
Image courtesy of Pooja Parulekar (@peppyhere, Instagram) 2015