Sensory Friendly Mornings

Exploration Meets Comfort: National Museum of the Great Lakes Introduces Sensory Friendly Mornings

 The National Museum of the Great Lakes is thrilled to announce the launch of Sensory Friendly Mornings, offering an inclusive and serene environment for families and individuals with sensory sensitivities to explore and enjoy our exhibits.

“We recognize the importance of providing a welcoming environment for all visitors,” said Ellen Kennedy, Director of Museum Operations at the National Museum of the Great Lakes. “Sensory Friendly Mornings allow us to create a space where everyone can feel comfortable and empowered to explore our exhibits at their own pace.”

During Sensory Friendly Mornings, attendees can expect:

  • Limited crowds to ensure a peaceful visit
  • Dim lighting for a calming ambiance
  • Reduced or eliminated exhibit sounds to minimize auditory stimulation

This year, Sensory Friendly Mornings will be available on select Saturdays including April 20th, June 22nd, September 21st, and December 14th, 2024, from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.

The National Museum of the Great Lakes is proud to be designated as a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Services (IBCCES). This certification underscores our commitment and dedication to understanding and supporting individuals with autism and other sensory sensitivities.

“Our exhibit space is thoughtfully designed to encourage hands-on discovery and immersive learning experiences for all visitors,” added Kennedy. “With dim lights and a welcoming atmosphere already in place, our additional measures, such as reducing noise and limiting crowds, make these mornings extra special and inviting for individuals with sensory sensitivities.”

Tickets can be pre-ordered online or purchased at the door upon arrival. Regular admission rates apply, admission free for Museum Members. 

For more information about Sensory Friendly Mornings and to purchase tickets, please visit