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NCSML extends hours for individuals with disabilities

By February 19, 2020 No Comments

In order to be more accessible for individuals with disabilities and specifically those on the autism spectrum, the National Czech & Slovak Museum will remain open an hour later on Sunday, February 23.

The Museum will close at 4 p.m. to the public, but remain open for people with disabilities, as well as their friends and families, from 4 to 5 p.m. During this time, exhibits will be modified, reducing stimuli in order to provide a sensory-friendly experience. This includes turning off displays that make noise and dimmer lighting. We will provide multi-sensory opportunities for learners who benefit from tactile experiences.

Museum staff will also offer crafts and activities for young visitors.

This program, called Hubert’s Night Owls, is the Museum’s latest addition to access-friendly programming. In 2018, the NCSML introduced exhibit tours for the visually impaired and started personalizing tours for special education classrooms

“We believe that our museum belongs to everyone and it is our job to make sure that people feel welcome and included in this space,” NCSML’s K-12 Learning Specialist Sarah Henderson says. “Hubert’s Night Owls is one small step toward making the NCSML a place that everyone will think of as ‘their museum’”

Hubert’s Night Owls will be offered on four Sundays in 2020:

  • Feb. 23, 4 to 5 p.m.
  • July 19, 4 to 5 p.m.
  • October 18, 4 to 5 p.m.
  • December 13, 4 to 5 p.m.

Attendees will need to pay the admission fee for Hubert’s Night Owls. Admission is free for NCSML members.


For more information, contact the Museum at 319-362-8500.



National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a museum that celebrates life:  Czech life, Slovak life and American life. The Museum seeks to inspire people from every background to connect to Czech and Slovak history and culture. Through extraordinary exhibitions and experiences, the Museum tells stories of freedom and identity, family and community, human rights and dignity connecting yesterday with today and tomorrow. The Museum honors those who immigrated to America and worked hard, contributing their skills and vision to the formation of our nation. For more information, visit or call (319) 362-8500.

Meredith Hines-Dochterman, Director of Marketing and Communications
(319) 362-8500, X224