Their journey to become an accessible museum for ALL, means removing barriers to learning and providing ways for audiences to engage in the museum space in a multitude of ways.
The MassMu Sensory Room is a devoted 468-square-foot space on the lower level of the museum. This unique room is an adaptable space for museum guests with vision, auditory, physical, and cognitive disorders. It is open during all museum hours as a free and accessible space for any museum visitor, yet outfitted specifically for individuals with the aforementioned disabilities in mind. The Room is sensory-friendly, with adjustable elements alterable to individual preference, such as sound and lighting levels.
Because of the generous support of Puffin Foundation West, Ltd., the Museum now has a calming place for not only individuals with sensory challenges, but also caregivers with over-stimulated toddlers, mothers who need to breastfeed, and any other guests who may need the room for personal reasons. The Sensory Room is a flexible space serving a distinct need, and we are honored to offer it as a safe haven for all. Amenities include multiple modes of seating, a yoga ball and mat, a weighted blanket, a sound machine, an eye mask, noise-canceling headphones, a tactile felt and Lego wall, sensory toys, and wheelchair-accessible sensory bins.
The sensory room is available to the public upon request at the front desk in the lobby!