How Rutgers Is Creating A Sensory-Inclusive Museum Experience
There are more than 60,000 works in the collection at the Zimmerli Art Museum on the campus of Rutgers University, including paintings and sculptures from all over the world.
The museum regularly hosts community events and traveling exhibitions. It is among the most popular spots on the Rutgers campus for locals and visitors alike.
And now, thanks to a recent initiative, the museum will be accessible to a whole new audience. In December, the museum became the first of its kind in New Jersey to provide specialized assistance for guests on the autism spectrum.
For these individuals, museum can be a sensory overload. To counter this, the Zimmerli offers fidget tools for easing the sense of touch, noise-cancelling headphones for when the environment becomes too loud, weighted lap pads that provide grounding and cue cards for guests that have trouble communicating with their words.