Sensory Sundays

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) is proud to introduce Sensory Sundays sponsored by Custer, an initiative designed to support visitors on the autism spectrum and individuals with other sensory processing needs.

What sensory accommodations can visitors expect?

  • Adjusted sound and lighting within current exhibits.
  • A low-sensory planetarium show at Chaffee Planetarium.
  • Sensory bags that include fidget tools, noise-canceling headphones, and more, which are available every day at the front desk of the GRPM in partnership with KultureCity.
  • Additional quiet spaces for visitors who need a break from sensory input, another accommodation we offer daily at the GRPM.
When are Sensory Sundays?
Beginning March 10, 2024, Sensory Sundays will be held on the second Sunday of April, July, and December 2024 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Here’s the 2024 schedule:

  • March 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • April 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • July 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • December 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Person holding up a card that says "I NEED" with photos of sensory tools like fidgets, headphones, and more.
Know Before You Go
Get familiar with the Museum before you come to visit us. Our accessibility page will explain parking, entrances, elevator locations, bus information, wheelchair availability and more so you’re fully prepared to enjoy your time here. 


The GRPM has partnered with KultureCity to improve our ability to assist and accommodate guests with sensory needs. Our objective is to provide an inclusive and seamless experience for all guests for all events including those with sensory needs. We strive to raise awareness of the needs and challenges faced by individuals with sensory processing disorders by supplying our Team Members with continuous training and resources.

KultureCity is a leading nonprofit recognized nationwide for its efforts to effect change for those with sensory needs, not just those with autism. Founded with the mission to inspire and engage the community to embrace and support people with unique abilities, KultureCity is committed to building inclusive spaces and experiences through education, awareness, and sensory accessibility. Through its innovative programs and partnerships, KultureCity creates safe and welcoming environments for individuals with sensory sensitivities and their families, enabling them to participate in the community fully. With its sensory-inclusive initiatives, KultureCity is rethinking accessibility and transforming how the public understands and accommodates neurodiversity. For more information about KultureCity and its sensory-inclusive programs, please visit, visit

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