Event information

Event type: special event

Location: Galleries

Ticket prices:

Family: Free

Dawnosaurs is a free event that lets children on the autism spectrum enjoy the Museum with their families and siblings, free from the hustle and bustle of the general public.

Visitors have access to a wide-ranging programme of activities, including a chance to see, meet and even touch live animals. All activities are supported by experienced, autism-aware facilitators.

A dedicated Sensory Room will also be available for those children needing a quieter and calmer space.

This event is best for children aged five to 15, and siblings are welcome.

How to book

You can apply online three to four weeks before each event. Bookings for the event on 10 March will open on 10 February. Spaces are in high demand, and priority will be given to first-time attendees.

To be reminded of upcoming Dawnosaurs events, please email dawnosaurs@nhm.ac.uk to be added to the mailing list.

If you do not wish your details to be kept on our database, please let us know.

Frequently asked questions

Who is this event for?

Dawnosaurs events are suitable for children on the autism spectrum between the ages of five and 15. Saturday clubs and out-of-school clubs are also welcome.

When are the events?

On particular Saturdays across the year we open the Museum early at 8.00. Not all areas of the Museum will be open during Dawnosaurs.

Our interactive Investigate science centre and the adjacent Sensory Room remain open exclusively to booked Dawnosaurs guests until 11.00.

How does it work?

To join the mailing list, email dawnosaurs@nhm.ac.uk. You will be notified when bookings are open before each event.

We will email more information about your visit a week in advance, to help you prepare your child for your visit. On the day you will be given a programme and map to let you know what you can do.

At 10.00 the Museum will be open to the general public. At this point you are welcome to stay and explore other galleries that were not available during Dawnosaurs. Some areas will remain exclusively for Dawnosaurs guests until 11.00.

Is there a cost?

The events are free.

Do I need to book?

Places are limited so booking is essential. Adult tickets are limited to three per group.

You can apply online three weeks before each event.

For more information, email dawnosaurs@nhm.ac.uk. If you need to cancel, please let us know so we can release the places to other families.

Event dates
10 March 2018 08.00-10.00
20 May 2018 08.00-10.00

Dawnosaurs has been made possible thanks to the generous support of The Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation.

Useful information

  • doors open at 8.00
  • please use the entrance on Cromwell Road (main entrance)
  • the Museum opens to the public at 10.00, and by the time you leave it may be busy
  • the cafĂ© in the Blue Zone will be open for hot drinks and snacks from 8.00
  • there is an indoor picnic area in the basement of the Green Zone
  • there are several baby changing facilities and accessible toilets
  • the Museum is fully accessible for wheelchair and buggy access
  • Mobiloo will provide specialised toilet facilities for disabled people