Dawnosaurs

Event information

Event type: special event

Location: Galleries

Ticket prices:

Family: Free

Dawnosaurs is a free event that lets autistic children 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

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

You can apply online four weeks before each event. The next event is on 6 May. Check back here on 8 April for a link to our online booking form.

Spaces are in high demand, and tickets are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

If you do not wish your details to be kept on our database, email dawnosaurs@nhm.ac.uk.

Frequently asked questions

Who is this event for?

Dawnosaurs events are suitable for children on the autistic 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 four weeks 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.

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
6 May 2017 08.00-10.00
15 July 2017 08.00-10.00
16 September 2017 08.00-10.00
18 November 2017 08.00-10.00

Useful information

  • Doors open at 8.00.
  • The Museum opens to the public at 10.00. By the time you leave it may be busy. 
  • The café in the Red Zone will be open for hot drinks and snacks.
  • 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.