Visiting with an Autistic child.
Torquay Museum is an inspiring place for children to visit, however we do understand that public outings with children on the autistic spectrum can often be challenging.
By working with families with children on the autistic spectrum, we have created some useful resources, designed to help families make the most out of their visit.
How can I prepare for my child’s visit ?
We recommend that, if possible , you visit the Museum on your own in advance of your visit .
Plan a route around the Museum that best meets your child’s needs. Download our Pre-visit booklet to help you prepare for your visit in advance.
What are the Museum opening times ?
Torquay Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 10-4.
During the Summer from May -September we are open on Sunday 10-4 .
Quieter times to visit are 14.30-15.30 on weekdays.
Do I need to book my visit in advance?
No, you can visit anytime during our opening hours. The quietist times to visit are weekdays 14.30-15.30 and Weekends 10.00-11.00. If you would like to reserve one of our Sensory backpacks, or have any questions about your visit , please contact our Reception team on :01803293975.
My child gets distracted by the cafe . Can I avoid the cafe when I visit?
Yes, it is possible to avoid the cafe . After you’ve checked in at the Reception desk carry straight on until you see the stairs in front of you .From there you can either take the lift or the stairs to the other floors. If you are unsure , ask one of our Reception team to advise you on alternative routes around the Museum.
Are there any activities available for my child in the Museum?
Yes, there are a range of activities available to enjoy during your visit.
Sensory backpacks can be borrowed from the Museum Reception. The backpacks contain sensory toys, ear defenders, PECS communication fans and a visual guide. They are free to use but we ask for a £10 refundable deposit to borrow them.
We also run regular gallery tours, handling sessions and storytelling activities.
Is the Museum noisy and crowded?
Sometimes the Museum will be noisy and crowded, especially during our Summer exhibition and on weekdays if we have school workshops going on. After 14.30 the Museum is quieter .
We have Quiet hours once a month on Wednesday from 9-10 when families can explore in a relaxed atmosphere away from crowds.
Is there a place to go if my child is distressed?
Yes, if at any time your child finds the visit overwhelming, we have spaces outside the galleries.