Gallery at the State Museum with giant shark jaws on display along with life-size Megalodon replica hanging from ceiling

Accessibility Mornings

A unique experience designed for families of children, teenagers, and adults.

Museum Hours

Open today from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Plan Your Visit

Each month the museum hosts a special morning designed for families of children, teenagers, young adults and adults who would benefit from a quieter, sensory-friendly and disability-adapted experience.

Guests who are neurodiverse or have other disabilities are welcome to participate in the optional activities listed below, or explore museum exhibition galleries at their own pace.

An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, sponsored by Colonial Life, is available during the morning provided by certified interpreters through the SC School for the Deaf and Blind. Activities featuring ASL interpretation are noted (ASL) below.

General Admission to Accessibility Morning is FREE for participants.

Guests are welcome to participate in the activities such as:

  • Open exploration of museum galleries
  • Meet-and-greet story time with a featured popular character
  • Special sensory shows in the 4D theater or Planetarium*
  • American Sign Language interpreter, sponsored by Colonial Life, available for each morning, including story time, shows, and museum highlights tour.
  • Program Partner stations where you can meet and learn more about local accessibility focused groups and organizations
  • Sensory Room offering a dedicated quiet space with a variety of tools for guests who may need to take a break during their visit to the museum.

Make sure to check out the individual events linked below to see a full schedule of times and activities for those specific dates.

*Sensory Friendly Shows will alternate monthly between planetarium and 4D theater experiences. Shows feature lowered volume, however 4D experiences still include enhanced effects, including scents, bursts of air, rumbling seats, leg ticklers, bubbles and snow, lighting effects, and squirts of water. Accessibility Morning shows are free but space is limited.

General Admission to Accessibility Morning is Free for participants.

Online Pre-Registration is encouraged.

Register Here

 

Questions? Connect With Us

Laura Ybarra-Kane
Manager of Education and Interpretation

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Important Accessible Parking Information

Due to renovation and ongoing road work, guests using the parking deck will NOT be able to enter the museum using the side atrium entrance. Guests will need to walk around to the front of the building and use the main entrance if they use spaces in the parking deck. 
 
Accessible parking is available along the drive in front of the museum's main entrance on a first-come, first-served basis.
  
We recommend guests needing accessible parking enter from Huger Street onto Washington Street (blue line in the map below), and then make a left at the end of Washington Street to access the parking spaces in front of the museum. 
 
Click the map to expand it and/or download a copy.

 

Museum Accessibility Information

Learn more about what accessibility resources the museum offers for guests, find parking information and more.

Large dome structure with exit midway up onto a catwalk space. Guest in wheelchair is on catwalk with caretaker and other guests in the background.

 

Programs Sponsors & Partners

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Upcoming Events

Family & Kids
Meet Pete the Cat and more during this special morning designed for guests who would benefit from a quieter, sensory-friendly and disability-adapted experience.
Family & Kids
Meet Taco Dragon and more during this special morning designed for guests who would benefit from a quieter, sensory-friendly and disability-adapted experience.