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Visitors with Sensory Sensitivities Can Experience the Museum’s Core Galleries in a Calm, Crowd-Free Environment Each Month

Visitors can experience the Museum of the American Revolution’s core galleries in a calm, sensory-friendly environment with the relaunch of its monthly Relaxed Experience Mornings. From 9–10:30 a.m. on the second Sunday of each month, the Museum’s gallery experience will be modified with sound and lighting adjustments, limited crowds, no films, hands-on activities, and other accommodations geared toward audiences with sensory sensitivities.

This fall, Relaxed Experience Mornings will take place on Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, and Dec. 11, 2022. Tickets to the events are offered free of charge, thanks to the Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation. Pre-registration is required at [email protected]. Space is limited.

“We are delighted to be able to bring back our Relaxed Experience Mornings following a pandemic-related hiatus,” said Adrienne Whaley, Director of Education and Community Engagement. “These offerings are just one of the many ways that we demonstrate our commitment to fostering inclusive, welcoming experiences for all people. We look forward to engaging new audiences and reaching even more people with the rich and complex story of our nation’s founding.”

Throughout the Relaxed Experience Mornings, guests can engage with accessibility-trained Museum staff and interact with replica objects to enhance their experience. Although the Museum’s films will be turned off, visitors can explore the story of Washington’s War Tent by handling replica objects. Revolution Place, the Museum’s fully immersive, family-friendly discovery center, will be open for guests of all ages to explore throughout the morning.

At the Front Desk, guests are encouraged to pick up a sensory guide to aid their visit. Social story documents are also available to help visitors manage expectations and reduce anxiety by using imagery and short phrases about what to expect during a visit to the Museum. Other offerings include an available quiet room, noise-reducing headphones, and sensory kits to borrow.

The Museum is a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC), a designation granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). The certification demonstrates the Museum’s commitment to providing a supportive environment to all guests, including those with autism and other sensory disorders. The Museum’s staff engaged in a robust training and certification process that included staff training in autism sensitivity and awareness as well as an onsite review from IBCCES to further enhance the guest experience.

For more information about all of the Museum’s accessibility offerings, visit

Relaxed Experience Mornings are sponsored by The Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation.

About Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution uncovers and shares compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events that sparked America’s ongoing experiment in liberty, equality, and self-government. Through the Museum’s unmatched collection, immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and interactive elements, visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in ensuring that the promise of the American Revolution endures. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum, which opened on April 19, 2017, is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit or call 877.740.1776.