ASD Mornings

The San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) is pleased to offer a program for the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community: a once-a-month ASD Morning in which the Museum opens early for adults and children on the autism spectrum and their families, friends, and caregivers. This innovative program encourages individuals to explore, play, and discover the treasures theNAT has to offer in an environment that is comfortable for them.

ASD Mornings take place the second Sunday of every month. The Museum will open at 9 AM*, one hour earlier than its standard 10 AM opening time, providing a quiet and less-crowded environment. Visitors may explore the Museum’s galleries at their own pace and watch a private showing of Ocean Oasis in the giant screen theater, with a lower volume and higher light levels. In addition, on ASD Mornings the Museum will offer a “quiet room” from 9 AM to noon if visitors need a quiet space to decompress or desensitize.

ASD Mornings will take place on the following dates:

Sunday, May 14, 2017
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Sunday, December 10, 2017

General admission rates apply during ASD Mornings. For admission rates and ticketing information, click here.

Ultimate Dinosaurs is not open until 10AM on ASD Mornings.

Through developmentally appropriate opportunities, theNAT has created specialized learning geared toward visitors of all levels. With the ASD Mornings program, our hope is that individuals on the autism spectrum will visit the Museum knowing they are in a welcoming, safe, and comfortable environment.