The National Archaeological Museum of Cagliari strongly believes in accessibility and in the importance of being a museum capable of transforming itself in order to reach all its visitors: in short, a “Liquid” Museum, as we defined it.
We have therefore created two tools designed for children and in particular for children and young people with autism spectrum disorders.
The first is a simple and accessible booklet with illustrated stories of the most significant works of the Museum.
The guide, based on the communicative model of social stories aimed at teaching and educating to social behaviors, was born from the project “Discovering the past” by Storie Sociali – SardiniaWeb.it, which saw the collaboration of an internal working group including the associations ABC Sardegna, Diversamente Onlus and Peter Pan.
The second is an internal communication tool consisting of two panels with accessible graphics and texts that explain to children how to live a beautiful experience of visiting the Archaeological Museum of Cagliari.
Moreover, over the years the Museum has equipped itself with an area dedicated to children, with pencils and sheets and drawings of the most important finds to color. There are also toilets of adequate size for the needs of children.
The latest equipment for the protection of children’s rights and for the well-being of families is the Baby Pit Stop: a closed and reserved space, decorated with images of archaeological finds related to childhood, where a comfortable armchair allows parents to rest and feed children, with a special attention to breastfeeding, a changing table facilitates the changing of the diapers and some games favor the entertainment of the children.
The Baby Pit Stop is part of the policy of promoting proper nutrition for children, that the Museum pursues.
The educational services of the Museum offer educational activities for children, adolescents, schools and families. Workshops and guided tours are offered free of charge upon reservation.
Admission to the Museum is free up to the age of 18 and costs € 2 for visitors aged 19 to 25, in line with ministerial provisions.