On the Second Saturday of each month, the Allentown Art Museum offers early access to the galleries for visitors with sensory needs. During this time, modifications are made to the Museum’s environment, like dimming lights, offering gallery friendly sensory kits, and adding access to a quiet space within the Rodale Classroom. Sensory Saturdays are intended for children aged 5-16 and their families but are open to all ages.

Visitors exploring Museum galleries

In addition to early access to the Museum’s galleries, Sensory Saturdays includes early access to the ArtVentures program in Art Ways Interactive Family Gallery, a drop-in artmaking workshop for all ages. During these artmaking hours a variety of materials and projects will be available to choose from. Activities and materials will rotate each quarter. Artmaking will be available on a drop in, first come first serve basis.

 

Program Schedule (10-11 a.m.):

Sensory hour in the Museum Galleries
Explore the Museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions on the first and second floor. Learn more about our current exhibitions here. View the Sensory Hour Gallery Map here.

Calm Space in the Rodale Classroom
Visit the Rodale Classroom to take a break, sit down, and enjoy a quiet environment. The Calm Space features white noise, low lights, and projected sensory videos. Puzzles, games, books, and coloring materials are available for self-guided play.

Sensory Saturday Artmaking Hour in the Crayola Classroom
Participate in sensory friendly artmaking in the Crayola Classroom led by our team of museum educators. Explore our STEAM-based maker stations and Sensory wall in addition to hands-on activities. Learn more about Art Ways here.

Calendar of Projects:

November to December:

Printmaking and Pattern

January to March:

Tactile Textures and Texture Weaving

April to June:

Sound Sculptures

July to September:

Sensory Stones

 

Resources:

Sensory Friendly Gallery Map

Learn about areas around the museum, recommended pathways to walk the galleries, and the most exciting areas to see on your visit.

Social Narrative

Learn what to expect from a visit to the museum from entering the front doors, checking in, exploring the galleries, making art in the classroom, to leaving the museum at the end of your visit.

Self guided Tour

Embark on a Self Guided Tour of the Museum. See several artworks across the museum’s New American Galleries and explore the elements, principles, themes, and symbols in each work.

Mindfulness Walk

Take a calming, mindful journey through the museum’s galleries. Learn about a few artworks and practice simple mindfulness exercises and activities.

Sensory Kit

AAM’s Sensory Kits provide a rich variety of fidgets, stim toys, gallery activities, and resources for visitors. These kits include 10 different kinds of stim toys, gallery texture cards, and self-guided gallery activities.

 

Visitor Policies and Gallery Rules

During Sensory Saturdays, our standard visitor policies will be in effect. A full list of gallery rules are available here. Please read over these policies before arriving at the museum.

  • Please help us protect our artworks by keeping at least 2 feet from the walls and artwork, and don’t touch the art. Oils and acids on our hands can damage an artwork over a period of years.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Nonessential bags and backpacks must be stored in the museum’s free lockers.
  • Please enjoy food and drink before entering the museum. Food and liquids, including beverages, putties, clays, or slime, are not permitted in the galleries and may be stored in the museum’s free lockers.

Please contact nmangold@allentownartmuseum.org with any additional questions.