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This Summer The Holburne Museum in Bath will be offering new Calm Sensory Sessions for neurodivergent children, families and adults who may benefit from visiting the museum in a calmer and quieter period.

The museum will be trialing the new offer of Calm Sensory Sessions for the following times and dates, during the Mr Doodle, Museum Mayhem exhibition run. These days and times have been selected during the week as they are generally the quietest times to visit. 

  • Thursday 20th June   3.30 – 5pm
  • Thursday 25th July  3.30 – 5pm
  • Thursday 15th August  9 – 10am

  • What can I expect if I visit during these times?
  • We will not be accepting any large group bookings for during these times
  • Audio for any exhibition films will be turned off
  • Hand dryers will be not be available to use
  • All visitors arriving to visit during this period will be notified by the Visitor Service team that it is a Calm Sensory Time. Clear signage will also be displayed as you enter the museum.
  • Any visitors who pre-book to visit online during these times will be notified that it is a Calm Sensory Time- A quiet space with gentle doodle inspired creative activities will be available to use throughout these times.

What can I do when I visit?

  • Explore the museum’s collection and temporary exhibitions including Mr Doodle, Museum Mayhem.
  • Check out the new Sensory Bags, which contain a range of exciting sensory resources and toys to support your visit. Bags require a £10 refundable deposit. 
  • Enjoy doodling and mark making with a free ‘Doodle and Draw’ trail – available for free from front desk.
  • Take part in a number of free self-led activities will be available in the museum’s Space to Make creative area.

For further information and booking go to