Shhh Saturdays

Posted on: 02/04/2024

Looking for a quieter or more relaxed visit to the museum?

Join us on a Shhh Saturday, between 10am - 12pm, (the first Saturday of the month) at Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery.

Busy museum galleries and noisy interactives can have an impact on visitors with sensory access requirements. Therefore during the hours of 10am - 12pm on a Shhh Saturday we offer a quieter museum visit. All of our interactives and gallery sounds will be switched off, the lighting adjusted (where possible) and visitors will be asked to wander our galleries mindful of others. There will also be a quiet space set aside for those who wish to escape the noise completely.

Everyone is welcome, however the Shhh Saturday hours are tailored for – but not limited to – children, young people and adults with autism; people with social, emotional, or mental health needs; adults living with dementia; and any other visitors with sensory needs or who may prefer a calmer experience.

We certainly don’t expect you to be silent though – we hope you have fun exploring the museum galleries and really enjoy your visit!


Who can visit?

All are welcome during Shhh Saturday hours, though this time is especially ideal for those who find the usual sounds of the museum more challenging.

What are the opening hours?

Shhh Saturday is every first Sunday of the month and the tailored experience hours are 10am - 12pm. The Museum is open 10am - 4pm.

What will be open to visit?

All our galleries and temporary exhibition spaces will be open.

Where is the quiet space?

The Victorian Kitchen area is a quiet space set aside for those who wish to escape the noise completely. Please ask staff on how to locate this space.

Is the Coffee Shop open?

Yes. Squires Coffee House will be open and operating as usual. Please note the noises from the coffee machine and dishwasher could be found quite noisy and upsetting to some visitors.

Do I need to book?

The sessions are on a drop-in basis, with no need to book ahead.

Accessibility at Peterborough Museum?

For all our accessibility information, please click here.

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