Event information

Event type: special event

Location: Galleries

Ticket prices:

Family: Free

Dawnosaurs is a free event for children on the autism spectrum to 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 for a place three to four weeks before each event.

The next Dawnosaurs will be held on 30 June 2019.

Spaces are in high demand, and priority will be given to first-time attendees.

To receive reminders about upcoming Dawnosaurs events, please contact us to be added to the mailing list.

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

Learn more about how we use your data by reading our privacy notice.

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 weekends throughout 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, please contact us. 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 us. If you need to cancel, please let us know so we can release the places to other families.

Event dates
30 June 2019 08.00-10.00
7 September 2019 08.00-10.00
15 December 2019 08.00-10.00
  • 30 June - The Great Exhibition Road Festival

    7 September - Oceans and rivers

    15 December - Rocks and minerals

Useful information

  • doors open at 8.00
  • the Museum opens to the public at 10.00, and by the time you leave it may be busy
  • you’ll be able to purchase 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
  • if you require a Mobiloo and would like to attend, please email us for availability


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