The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport is the first Certified Autism Center in the state of North Carolina. We welcome visitors of all abilities and their families. Staff and volunteers have completed the training necessary to ensure the environment is a welcoming one for those on the autism spectrum. We continue to look at ways to incorporate programs and activities for those with sensory sensibilities.
The N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport hosts monthly Sensory Saturdays on the first Saturday of each month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the museum. During that time, we dim the lights and turn off the audio throughout the museum. The monthly drop-in program also features a craft to incorporate more hands-on experiences.
Volunteers and staff are available to assist as much — or as little — as needed.
Those who are less sensitive to external stimuli are, of course, also welcome to participate. Museum staff just asks that they use quiet voices and be mindful of the other patrons during Sensory Saturdays. For more information on Sensory Saturday or other museum programming, call 910-477-5151.