Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Sensory Friendly Evening: Camp Out

Sensory Friendly Evening: Camp Out
Friday, June 14
6:00-9:00 p.m.

Head to Carnegie Museum of Natural History for a sensory-supportive evening campout, no sleeping bag or tent required! Read seasonal stories around the faux campfire and explore nighttime nature with some live animal ambassadors. Museum galleries will reopen for this event after the museum has closed to the general public and will have reduced audio/visual elements, and calming spaces with support materials.

Visit the Carnegie Museum of Natural History website for more information!

From our friends The Lindsay Theater
The next sensory friendly screening at The Lindsay will be on Saturday, May 25, at 10:30 a.m.
IF, a mix of live action and animation, relates the funny and touching story of a girl who can see people’s imaginary friends, and sets out to reunite the “pretend” playmates with the kids who loved them.
All tickets will be discounted to $8.75. Parking and directions can be found online. If the ticket price prevents attendance, those interested are asked to email the Theater at

ARTfully UPlifting

ARTfully UPlifting is a newly developed show uniting themes of hope, acceptance, and inclusion for sensory-friendly audiences. In a first-of-its-kind for Point Park University, the Conservatory of Performing Arts students will create a variety of live performances showcased in a concert style format. 

With a diverse offering of the sensational talents of our COPA students, each variety act will range from 90 seconds to 2 minutes in length. Audiences can expect a full-length showcase featuring something for everyone, and most importantly, anyone. There will be two acts with one 15-minute intermission. Each act will offer 40 minutes of entertainment. 

Audience members are encouraged to bring personal comfort items such as noise canceling headphones, fidget toys, snacks, and weighted blankets. Patrons are welcome to exit and enter the theater as needed. A quiet room will be available off the grand lobby.  

Ticket Price Range
$12 – $25

Learn more about ARTfully Uplifting here.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Sensory Friendly Beauty and the Beast

Experience this timeless tale about the transformative power of love, played out against the backdrop of an enchanted forest full of magical creatures.

PBT’s sensory-friendly performances are relaxed and open to all. It is a judgment-free zone where theater staff and patrons accept (and expect) extra sound or movement in the audience and where they celebrate the many ways audience members can experience a live stage performance.
Accommodations include lower sound levels, elimination of some special effects and house lighting at about 20%. Quiet areas and activities are in the lobby before and during the show, and additional staff on hand to help create a safe and welcoming theater experience.

More information on The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre website.

Mr. Messado Delivers Sensory-Friendly Magic

On April 2, 2023, Liberty Magic hosted Mr. Messado’s School of Magic’s first sensory-friendly show. This performance was part of a collaboration between Autism Connection of PA, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Liberty Magic, and Mr. Messado himself. His show required minimal changes because he is a natural working with all children.

During the hour long performance, audience members took active roles in the magic tricks, and Mr. Messado seamlessly flowed with participants’ excited responses, and reveled in their joy. 

Learn more about Mr. Messado’s School of Magic.

Miniature Railroad & Village® Sensory Friendly Tours

Join expert Miniature Railroad educators on a special behind-the-scenes tour through one of the Carnegie Science Center’s most popular exhibits! All tours will occur outside of regular museum hours. Designed for visitors with sensory sensitivities and/or other disabilities, these tours are personalized and free of crowds and loud noises. Each tour date has a very limited number of spots available, to maintain a welcoming, low-stimuli environment.

Tickets for this opportunity are free, regardless of Membership status, but require advance reservations for all members of your party. This is an all-ages appropriate event. General admission to the museum is not included, but can be purchased separately for the Tours that occur before museum open. To register, please use the buttons below, call 412-237-3400 or email [email protected]