The Hall of Ancient Egypt is temporarily closed.

Sensory Sensitivities and Autism Spectrum Disorders


The following resources are available to any and all visitors with sensory sensitivities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorders. Use the resources below to prepare for your museum visit or use them while you’re here to create an individualized museum experience for you and your family.

Visual Vocabulary
Use our Visual Vocabulary Cards to make visiting new spaces and transitioning between museum halls easier. You can also use these cards to create a visual schedule of your day at HMNS at Sugar Land!

HMNS at Sugar Land Exploration Planner
Visit HMNS at Sugar Land before you ever walk through the doors! Use our Exploration Planner to let your child know what to expect during your day at the museum, from waiting in line at the box office to exploring our many exhibit halls. Let Tom the T. rex give you helpful tips on what to expect and look for along the way!

Sensory Backpacks

Check out our Sensory Backpacks, created and given to HMNS by Boy Scout Alex Hightower! Just show the Team Member at the Box Office your ID in order to check out a backpack for your visit. Our Sensory Backpacks include fidgets, stuffed animals, ear defenders, and sunglasses, among other things, to ensure that you have a comfortable, sensory-friendly visit with us.

Sensory Friendly Events

HMNS at Sugar Land is launching Sensory Friendly Events where exhibits and venues are modified to create a sensory neutral environment for those with sensory sensitivities and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Stay tuned for more details, including our first event date!

Located Here
HMNS at Sugar Land

13016 University Blvd.
Sugar Land, Texas 77479
(281) 313-2277


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The Houston Museum of Natural Science is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. The Houston Museum of Natural Science is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that receives no federal or state funding. Tax ID # 74-1036131.