The Cockrell Butterfly Center and Wortham Giant Screen Theatre are closed for renovations.

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)

2022 Event dates, generously supported by The Stanford and Joan Alexander Family Fund, are:

  • April 23, 2022: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
  • September 24, 2022: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
  • December 5, 2022: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: There is some construction taking place as we prepare a new exhibit hall on the Main Level. There may be a little noise from this, so if you are sensitive to noise, please plan to wear ear defenders or borrow some from us at the Museum Services desk on the Main Level.

Saturday, September 24th Sensory Friendly Event Details

HMNS offers an early opening event 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:

  • 9:00 a.m. – Passport to the Universe
  • 9:30 a.m. – Great Planet Adventures
  • 10:00 a.m. – Unseen Universe

*All shows in the Planetarium and Giant Screen Theatre will be sensory-friendly with volume lowered and house lights up. Tickets may be purchased online in advance or at the Box Office the day of your visit.

*Please note that the Wortham Giant Screen Theater will be closed for renovations during this event. And just like a butterfly in its chrysalis, the Cockrell Butterfly Center is having a transformation of its own. Starting September 12, the center will undergo some exciting changes to make your future visits with the butterflies not only better, but more accessible for all!  Make sure to keep an eye (or antennae) out for future announcements about the center’s reopening and events in early 2023.

This year we have a new opportunity for individuals with disabilities and their families to receive free admission to the permanent exhibit halls for the Sensory Friendly Event! To see if you qualify for the new in-person discounts and to book your visit, please email us at or fill out the booking form below. You may also mention free admission at the Box Office on the day of your visit.


To schedule a visit: please fill out the information below. A sales assistant will be in touch shortly to complete the booking process.
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This is made possible by support from the Stanford and Joan Alexander Family.


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