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Visitors with Sensory Sensitivity

Many of the exhibits involve high levels of auditory, visual and perceptual input. For visitors who dislike or are over-activated by multiple sensory inputs, the following strategies may help you better enjoy your time.

  • Call or talk to staff to plan visits during quiet days.
  • Get a wrist bands to write contact details on from reception.
  • Make note of the quiet spaces (listed below under ‘Calming’), and staff can direct you to them.

Gallery 2: Fundamental

High sensory

  • Recollections has visual patterns.
  • Persistence of Vision has a flashing light.

Calming

  • Bubble projector
  • Art table

Gallery 3: Awesome Earth

High sensory

  • Earthquake Lab has a shaking experience
  • Caged Lightning has a loud, bright lightning strike every 15 minutes.

Calming

  • Star fingerprints
  • Icy Bodies
  • Fluidisation
  • Tornado
  • Cloud Chamber – between Galleries 2 and 3

Galleries 4 and 5: Q Lab and The Shed

These experiences change daily – please check with the presenter beforehand if you are concerned.

Gallery 6: Mini Q

High sensory

Moire Illusion – near the Gallery 6 entrance

Calming

  • Sensory Garden
  • Bubble Tubes
  • Water Play
  • Designated Quiet Space

Gallery 7: Excite@Q

High sensory

This gallery is an extreme sensory room.

Spectacular Science Shows

These experiences change daily – please check with the presenter beforehand if you are concerned.