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Springfield Museums, Sensory Friendly Saturday
February 8 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am EST
The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Springfield Science Museum will open early, with some exhibits will be modified to provide an opportunity for people with a range of differing abilities to experience what these Museums have to offer. Our trained staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions you have and, if necessary, direct you to a quiet space that provides a chance to cool down and take a break. Sensory-friendly crafts for all ages will be available in the Cat’s Corner.
If you find the Museums too overwhelming and need to leave within 30 minutes of purchasing your tickets, please stop by the Welcome Center to receive a voucher to try again on another day.
Sensory Friendly Saturdays
Monthly on Second Saturdays; 9 am–11 am
Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Springfield Science Museum
The Springfield Museums became Universal Participation Designated Spring 2019 as part of a Massachusetts Cultural Council program to help museums, theaters, and other cultural organizations pay particular attention to ensuring their programing is accessible to all people.
The Museums staff formed an Inclusion Task Force to help see through the many ideas they had to help make the Museums even more welcoming to even more people.
The staff created preview guides for families to read together before visiting the museums and made decisions about which exhibits they could modify to be more friendly to visitors with sensitivity to noise, lights, and movement. Laura Sutter, the coordinator for Cat’s Corner, a hands-on creativity space in the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, created age-appropriate crafts and literacy activities especially for sensory sensitive children. “We know that any change we make for a specific group of people, often benefits all of our visitors,” said Sutter, who studied the relationship between museums and their communities at Trinity College before joining the staff at the Springfield Museums. “My goal is to make all of our visitors feel welcome in the Cat’s Corner through the types of activities we offer,” Sutter said.
For Sensory Friendly Saturdays, the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Springfield Science Museum open an hour early (9 am) exclusively for families with sensory sensitive children. Many of the exhibits in both museums are modified to provide an opportunity for people with a range of differing abilities to experience what the museums have to offer. The modifications are enabled until 11 am.
Staff and volunteers are on hand to answer any questions and, if necessary, direct visitors to a quiet space that provides a chance to cool down and take a break. Parents and caregivers must stay with their children at all times.
“We want to make our Museums accessible and relevant to all visitors,” said Kay Simpson, President and CEO of the Museums. “Our vision is to have every visitor say: ‘Wow, they thought of everything!’”