The Museum of Work & Culture is proud to announce that it will be extending its hours of operation one Saturday each month as part of its “Made-to-Order” all-ability inclusive program.
Beginning November 14, the Museum will open one hour early at 9am on the second Saturday of each month for families seeking a less crowded environment in which to enjoy the Museum. During that time, trained staff and volunteers will be on hand to provide supplementary tools and offer tours to visiting families looking for museums for children with special needs.
This is an expansion of the Museum’s “Made-to-Order Monday” program, which launched in 2014. With a reservation, the Museum opens on Mondays for schools and development centers that wish to experience the Museum in an environment that supports their students’ needs. Sensory elements such as lighting and sound are adjusted and trained docents guide group and create an educational, hands-on experience.
“Our priority is to create access for individuals who may be intimidated by museums or who may feel their needs are not reflected within museum walls. We are dedicated to creating an inclusive environment where families with children of all-abilities feel welcomed to explore and learn,” says Museum of Work & Culture Director Anne Conway.
As a feature of the program, the Museum offers tools to help teachers and parents prepare for their visit. A social story has been created as a step-by-step illustrated guide to help those on the Autism spectrum navigate exhibits. Additionally, the Museum provides checklists and “first-then” boards to better control time and sequence. These materials are available in the Museum and by clicking here.