The museum may be a daunting place for those who are sensitive to stimuli or have mobility issues. To plan a visit to suit your loved one, you can use our Sensory-friendly Map to identify high sensory areas as well as areas that are quieter, well-lit and less crowded, or rest spots where you can take a break.
Specific sensory maps are also available for our biggest gallery, the Singapore History Gallery. These sensory maps also include a suggested wheelchair-friendly route.
You can obtain a map from our Visitor Services counter on Level 1, or download your own below.
Sensory map of the National Museum of Singapore (large print version)
Sensory map of the National Museum of Singapore
Sensory map of the Singapore History Gallery for persons with additional needs and/ or physical disabilities
Sensory map of the Singapore History Gallery for seniors, persons with physical disabilities and/ or dementia
These social stories enable schools and family visitors to show children what to expect during a visit to our museum, to allow for a more enriching experience. The step-by-step photo guide illustrates how to enter the museum, galleries that you can visit, and how you can make your museum visit a pleasant experience.
You can read them online as a webpage, or download a copy to print out prior to your visit to the museum.
A visual schedule is a simple planner using picture cards to communicate a series of activities to be done at the museum. It is useful for caregivers with children who have a need for structure and predictability in their lives, and who might need guidance with keeping track of activities or help with a sense of time. You can print out the visual schedule and picture cards to plan your visit with your loved one before visiting the museum. A physical copy of the visual schedule will also be included in the sensory bag available for loan.
The Museum has prepared five sensory bags that are available for families with children on the autism spectrum. Each bag includes ear defenders, sensory maps, a visual schedule and sensory toys.
Families may borrow a bag from our Visitor Services counter on Level 1 during their visit. The bags are available on a first come, first served basis and limited to one bag per family. To borrow a bag, caregivers will need to register at the Visitor Services counter with their photo ID, contact number and acknowledge a sign-out form.