The Museum of Work & Culture is proud to offer several tools and program series aimed at making our space as welcoming as possible. If you have additional suggestions as to how we can become a more inclusive site please contact Assistant Director Sarah Carr at scarr@rihs.org.

These programs are all made possible with the generous support of CVS Healthy Charity Classic.

SensAbilities Saturdays

On the first Saturday of each month, the Museum opens its doors an hour early at 9am for for families seeking a low sensory, less crowded environment in which to enjoy the Museum. During this time trained staff and volunteers are on hand to provide supplementary tools and offer tours to visiting families who have children with special needs.

Made-to-Order Mondays

Made-to-Order Mondays is offered on alternating Mondays each summer. The program provides free admission for families, day programs, and aides who wish to experience the MoWC in a low sensory, less crowded environment. In addition, the program provides free access to therapist-led art and music activities designed to help children and teens with sensory sensitivities engage creatively with the MoWC’s themes. The series dates and programs are typically announced each May.

Living Memories Mondays

On the last Monday of each month at 1pm the Museum hosts Living Memories Mondays, a free program for individuals with memory loss and their caretakers featuring a changing hands-on program aimed at promoting engagement and fun. Programs include art & music therapy, storytelling sessions, film screenings, and more. This is followed at 2pm, by a monthly Memory Cafe, featuring refreshments and the opportunity for those with memory loss and their caretakers to socialize. This series is a part of Rhode Island’s Memory Café Network, whose mission is to support Rhode Islanders touched by memory loss or cognitive impairment with a community-based support network rooted in camaraderie, fellowship, and comfort.

February 24th’s program will feature a presentation on touchstones of Rhode Island memories, featuring images of parks, theaters, stores and more that catalyze shared fond thoughts for all Rhode Islanders. This presentation will be led by Museum staff who will encourage guests to reminisce about those community spaces, or share reflections on similar sites from their past. These events are free and made possible with the generous support of CVS Health Charity Classic. Registration is requested by emailing mowc@rihs.org or calling (401) 769-9675.

Resources for Your Museum Visit

As a tool to prepare for a museum visit, a social story has been created as a step-by-step illustrated guide to help those on the Autism spectrum navigate our exhibits. Additionally, a checklist and “first-then” boards, aimed at offering more control of time and sequence have been developed.

The Museum also offers a memory map created in collaboration with the Memory & Aging Program at Butler Hospital, which is meant to provide conversation prompts via object-based questions for caretakers of individuals with memory loss.