NGV Relaxed Sessions

Experience NGV exhibitions in a quieter setting and a lower sensory environment.


Art-making resource for autistic children

NGV and The Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, La Trobe University have collaborated to create a free art-making resource to support autistic children.

Social stories

Developed in consultation with AMAZE, these visual documents are designed to help autistic children and their families or teachers prepare for their visit to the Gallery. Available for free download, these stories are editable and can tailored to your planned visit.

NGV Australia
NGV International

Sensory maps of exhibitions

For selected major exhibitions, sensory maps showing the locations of audio-visual content, seating or sensory elements are available for free download here and from the relevant exhibition page.

Ancient Egypt for Kids
Africa Fashion

Gallery maps

Maps of NGV International and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia are available to download, showing accessible toilets, lifts and escalators.

View NGV International map
View NGV Australia map

Tips for a low sensory visit

#1 If you are visiting an exhibition that requires a ticket, minimise the time you or your family spends in a queue by booking tickets online before you visit.

#2 There are a variety of quieter spaces at the NGV for a rest during your visit: Grollo Equiset Garden, Great Hall, Parents room on Ground level, Galleries on upper levels of NGV International and the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

#3 Avoid queuing to purchase food by bringing food from home to enjoy in the Great Hall or Grollo Equiset Garden. Please note that you will be required to cloak large bags that can’t be stored under a pram, when you enter the Gallery.

#4 If you are visiting with a child, note that NGV Kids exhibitions can be busy. If your child requires a quieter experience, we recommend visiting from 12pm-1pm or 4pm-5pm Monday-Thursday.