In recognition of Autism Acceptance Month, the Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum will host its first-ever Sensory Friendly Days, presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, on Sunday, April 18 and Monday, April 19.
Sensory Friendly Days will offer individuals of all ages with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or sensory processing differences the opportunity to experience “the Smithsonian’s home in Pittsburgh” in a comfortable and welcoming environment. The History Center is committed to providing an inclusive environment for all visitors.
In partnership with Autism Connection of Pennsylvania and additional leaders in the region’s autism community, the History Center has identified and implemented modifications to support a more sensory-friendly experience, including but not limited to: mitigation of sudden/loud sounds and motions, lighting adjustments, designated break and rest spaces and family restrooms, and increased directional signage throughout the museum.
Please see the accessibility information below to help plan your visit.
Thanks to support from DICK’S Sporting Goods, the History Center will offer free admission on April 18-19 for individuals with ASD or sensory processing differences plus one guest.
Space is limited, so please register in advance.
Please note that the time on your ticket refers to your arrival time at the History Center. You’re welcome to stay as long as you’d like!
For more information, please contact us at email@example.com.
The Senator John Heinz History Center is committed to providing exhibits, programs, and public spaces that are inclusive and accessible for all visitors.
Parking and Drop-Offs
- Accessible parking is available in the surrounding parking lots and curbside.
- A drop-off zone will be available at the bus pull-off located on Smallman Street in front of the yellow goal post.
- See all driving directions and parking information for the History Center.
- An adapted map of the History Center will be available at the admissions desk that will note the location of exhibitions, restrooms, and break and rest spaces.
- Additional signage will be added throughout the museum for easy wayfinding.
Restrooms, Rest, and Break Spaces
- Accessible restrooms are located on floors 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6.
- Restrooms on floors 2, 3, and 5 will temporarily serve as Family Restrooms on April 18 and April 19. (Please note: This does not apply to the restrooms on the first and sixth floors.)
- Visitors are welcome to nurse anywhere they feel comfortable. A private nursing room is located on the sixth floor.
- Rest and break spaces will be made available and marked throughout the museum on April 18 and 19.
Additional Support Services & Visitor Information
- The History Center galleries are wheelchair accessible.
- Please bring any equipment you need, including but not limited to wheelchairs, noise-cancelling headphones, etc.
- COVID-19 Safety: New policies and procedures are in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors and staff. Please visit our Health & Safety: Response to COVID-19 page for more information before you arrive.
Sensory Friendly Days are presented by:
Special thanks to our community partner:
Special thanks to Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust for their ongoing support of accessibility programming at the History Center.