At Adventure Science Center, science is for everyone.
We’re working hard to break down the barriers to access, whether physical, financial, or cultural, to provide an inclusive experience for ALL of our guests. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our guests’ experience, create new relationships while building a sense of community, and increase awareness of the resources we have available.
For questions or concerns about accessibility, please email us.
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Prior to 2020, our team worked with both TRIAD and a student intern from Belmont University's School of Occupational Therapy to create a collection of resources for people who have developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, or other sensory concerns. Additionally, in 2022, science center staff began annual training with Kulture City on how to recognize guests with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation.
Follow the links below to download the materials:
- Sensory Map»
- EY Sensory Room»
- Social Stories:
- Trip Planning:
We have sensory kits available for guests to borrow at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis. Included in each kit are items to fidget with and noise-minimizing headphones. All you need is a photo ID! Visit our friendly Guest Services staff in the lobby to exchange your ID for a bag.
Quieter Times and Spaces
Sundays are often less busy during the weekends than Saturday. Though Saturday afternoon after 3 pm is typically quieter. During the the school year, weekdays around 1 pm are also typically quieter times to visit.
We can’t guarantee any one day will be slower than another will, as crowds vary depending on holidays, school vacations, weather, and a number of other factors.
If at any point during your visit you feel overstimulated and need access to the EY Sensory Room, please visit our Guest Services desk in the lobby and an Adventure Guide will be happy to assist you.
Inside the Sudekum Planetarium can be dark, the volume can be loud and the visuals can include a lot of motion. We have noise-minimizing headphones and weighted blankets you can request to borrow at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis from a Planetarium Educator.
Occasionally, we offer Sensory-Friendly Planetarium Shows. Each show features a brighter theater, quieter audio, and smaller crowds. Movement and vocalizations during the show will be allowed. Learn more»
FUTURE ACCESSIBILITY INITIATIVES
SPANISH LANGUAGE SIGNAGE & SPEAKERS
With Nashville’s thriving Hispanic community, we’re actively working toward creating ways to help our Spanish language guests have a welcoming, meaningful and memorable experience. We're always open to hearing your suggestions — email us.