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Autism-friendly gallery opening at the MCA


Tuesday 23 April from 10:30am to 12pm

A relaxed gallery opening for autistic children to enjoy with their family while the Museum is closed to the public.

Get creative with art-making activities and experience sensory-friendly artworks in the 24th Biennale of Sydney. Facilitated by MCA artist educators and Aspect volunteers, this program is designed for autistic children, their siblings and families with the freedom to join structured activities or to set their own pace.

Developed in collaboration with Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect).

What to expect

  • Staff and volunteers trained in disability confidence

  • Staff trained in audio-description

  • Staff Auslan user

  • Lowered sound volumes and modified lighting

  • Dedicated quieter space

  • Relaxed pace and flexible arrival times 

  • Artworks chosen for participants' sensory needs

  • Visual Story guide to access the MCA


10.30am: Arrive at the MCA via Circular Quay entrance

10.30–11.30am: Visit Level 1 Galleries while the Museum is closed to the public and participate in creative activities

11am–12pm: Join art-making activities on Level 3

12pm: Program concludes

Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard Scheme

The MCA is proudly participating in the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard Scheme. Wearing a Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyard or wristband discreetly indicates to people around you, including trained staff, that you may need additional support, time or understanding. The scheme allows people to choose to be visible when they want to be. 

Find out more about the Sunflowers in Sydney program.


For access-related support, contact us via (tel:+61 2 9245 2400) or

If you are a regular visitor to the MCA and would like to discuss assistance with orientation training to the venue, visit the Guide Dogs NSW/ACT website or call 1800 484 333.

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