Sensory Friendly Every Day

Kid looking at an exhibit

The Franklin Institute can sometimes seem a little overwhelming. It can be crowded, loud, and bright. That's why we are pleased to offer a few ways to make our museum more comfortable for kids and adults with a variety of sensory differences.

Sensory Alert Maps – will guide you through certain devices or experiences in each exhibit that may have high levels of stimulation. The guides will give you helpful tips as you explore.

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Sensory Backpacks – will be stocked with helpful tools like noise-reducing headphones, sunglasses, fidgets, and weighted toys to help reduce sensory stimulation while exploring exhibits. Backpacks are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis from the Information Desks in the Atrium or Lobby on the second floor. Backpacks should be returned to one of these desks as well.

Quieter spaces – if you need a quieter space inside the museum, try exhibits like Amazing Machine, Space, or Franklin Foodworks (not during the lunch hour rush).

Return visit voucher – if you find the museum too overwhelming and need to leave within 30 minutes of purchasing your tickets, please stop by the Box Office to receive a voucher to try again on another day.