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. Our staff-led Guest Experience & Accessibility team is 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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Our Guest Experience & Accessibility 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, the science center staff was trained by leading medical professionals 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, sunglasses, stress balls, 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 kit.
Quieter Times and Spaces
Mondays, which are also when our Early Explorers program occurs, are a “no field trip” morning at the science center throughout the school year, meaning things are a bit quieter. Sundays are often less busy during the weekends, while afternoons during the school year (around 2 pm) are 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 you're in need of a quiet room, please visit our Guest Services desk in the lobby to see if we have a private classroom available for you to use.
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.
Since summer 2018, we've offered a series of monthly 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
CULTURAL COMPETENCY LEARNING INSTITUTE (CCLI)
We are proud to be in the fifth CCLI cohort through the Association of Science-Technology Centers. In this program, we are actively learning to build our internal capacity to create a more inclusive, diverse experience for all our guests regardless of race, color, national origin, disability, age, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, religion, or any other legally protected classification.
SPANISH LANGUAGE 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.