Science Centre caters to those with disabilities

A special event will welcome a limited number of people, reduced brightness and sound, and other adaptations to create a peaceful environment

Science Centre caters to those with disabilities

Photo credit: Gaelle Leroyer

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is the importance of taking the time to prioritize health and wellness. And for one Sunday a month between November and January, the Montreal Science Centre is making sure those with disabilities can enjoy its spaces and exhibits with exclusive use. Usually a bustling hub of educational entertainment and a well-loved destination for families, the Science Centre will be slowing things down with an event called Peaceful Mornings; the first one takes place on Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. As a part of its efforts to create a more inclusive space, it will provide a safe and relaxing environment.

Families to enjoy reduced crowds and adapted services

In addition to smaller crowds, there will be reduced stimuli (sound and brightness) in exhibition halls, the IMAX theatre, and throughout the centre as well as quiet spots for relaxation with floor mats and and a specially-adapted visitor’s guide. Wheelchairs, and noise-cancelling earmuffs will also be available for loan by leaving a piece of I.D. at the ticket counter. Adapted washrooms and change room facilities for reduced mobility will also be available as well as free parking for those with a disabled parking permit.

Nov. 14 screening schedule

The Nov. 14 screening schedule will include a shortened 9 a.m. showing of Oceans in English, and a shortened 9:45 am showing in French. There will also be the regular 45-minute showing of Great Bear Rainforest in French at 10:35 am. Wheelchair access to theatres will also be limited so advanced reservations are encouraged.

To reserve a wheelchair, call 514-496-4724 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday. 

Limited tickets on sale now

Limited tickets are now available for the November 14 and December 12 events, and are mandatory for admission. One accompanying guest is eligible for free admission by presenting the Companion Leisure Card (formerly the Tourist and Leisure Companion Sticker) or the Accès 2 card. Accompanying guests must also reserve tickets online in advance.

The third event is scheduled for January 16. For more information, click here.


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