HMNS will be closed Saturday | March 06, 2021 | for a private event

Accessibility and Sensory Sensitivity Events

Two museum visitors speak to event volunteers during a showing of Peter and The Raptor (A musical performance developed and performed by Roco Connections)

2020 Event Dates, generously supported by The Stanford and Joan Alexander Family Fund, are:

Sensory Friendly Day 

Monday, December 7, 2020 
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
*Touch Carts and Giant Screen Theater shows will not be available on this date due to COVID. We sincerely apologize.
HMNS offers a day where our exhibits and venues, including the Burke Baker Planetarium*, are modified to create a sensory neutral environment for those with sensory sensitivities. 
Planetarium schedule for December 7:
  • 12PM  Passport to the Universe
  • 1PM  Starry Night Express
  • 2PM  Passport to the Universe
  • 2:30PM Mystery of the Christmas Star
*In the Planetarium, all shows will be sensory-friendly with volume lowered and house lights up. All shows with the exception of our live show, Starry Night Express, will be captioned.

This year we have a new opportunity for individuals with disabilities and their families to receive free admission to the permanent exhibit halls on Sensory Friendly Day! We also have the new opportunity for schools who serve students with disabilities to receive free permanent exhibit hall tickets plus an additional discount on your admission tickets for either the Planetarium, Butterfly Center, or Death By Natural Causes exhibits.

To see if you qualify for the new in-person discounts and to book your visit or Field Trip, please email us at or fill out the booking form below.



To schedule a field trip or visit: please fill out the information below. A sales assistant will be in touch shortly to complete the booking process.

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If visiting HMNS in-person is not something you or your school group may be able to do this year, we have free virtual options available to you, both live and recorded!


This is made possible by support from the Stanford and Joan Alexander Family.

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