30 Museums That Offer Sleepover Events for Kids and Adults Alike

By Jordan Kushins and Jack Tomlin on at

There are plenty of museums that offer overnight sleeping activities here in the UK and in the US. Most are, somewhat predictably, geared towards kids but there are some for adults, too. We've rounded up 30 museums from here and across the pond that offer overnight stays.

British Museum, London

The British Museum has seven sleepover events on the calendar for 2014. The events are specifically for children aged 8-15 years old and have three themes running this year: "Vikings", "Mummies" and "Ming". The evening runs on a planned schedule of activities that explore the museum. The communal sleeping area is based in the grand setting of the Egyptian Sculpture Gallery. Sleeping bags, mats, wash kit and the like are not provided so must be brought along. Tickets cost £35.


Natural History Museum, London

The Natural History Museum's 'Dino Snore's for Grown Ups' is the adult version of the British Museum's experience. It cost's more at £175 for non-members, but for that extra price you get a three-course meal, breakfast, prize based quizzes, an all night natural horror movie marathon and more. Kids are strictly forbidden from attending, and booze can be purchased on the premises – so there's scope for some serious fun.


Science Museum, London

Designed for children between the ages of 7-13, 'Science Night' features hands-on workshops, science shows, breakfast and a screen in their IMAX cinema. The price per person is £45 and there are bookable slots all through 2014 starting in April.


ZSL London Zoo

Okay, its not quite a museum but ZSL holds a sleepover event, BedBUGS, in which the sleep area is based within the BUGS! section of the zoo – surrounded by spiders, beetles and tamarins (all safely behind glass). This one is for 7-11 year-olds with tickets priced at £50 per child and the same again for accompanying adults.


California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

Not only does this SF hotspot host Penguins + Pyjamas for kids, but it also has adult-only all-nighters complete with live animal demonstrations and pyjama contests. Wild. Here's the page with the dates—I might have to give this one a go this year.

8 Amazing Museums Where You Can Bring a Sleeping Bag and Stay the Night


The National Archives, Washington D.C.

On January 25th, the National Archives will host History, Heroes, and Treasures, its very first sleepover. After what sounds like a busy evening—"decoding Civil War ciphers, writing a letter to the President, dressing up in period clothing, learning how to write with a quill pen, and playing with historic toys and games from the patent collection..."—guests get to roll out a sleeping bag under the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, next to the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and US Constitution.

8 Amazing Museums Where You Can Bring a Sleeping Bag and Stay the Night


Natural History Museum, LA County

Aspiring archaeologists, this one's for you. The NHM offers boys, girls, and co-ed sleepovers with names like Camp Dino and Camp Butterfly, while the Tar Pits have the delightfully dubbed Camp Goo coming up. There are actually quite a few dates scheduled for 2014, all listed here, with more to be added in March.

8 Amazing Museums Where You Can Bring a Sleeping Bag and Stay the Night


The Field Museum, Chicago

It's kids and families only here at the Field Museum, but Dozin' With the Dinos sounds great with activities exploring Egyptian culture, African savannahs, and the obligatory creepy-crawly section. There are dates available this year from now through until May.

8 Amazing Museums Where You Can Bring a Sleeping Bag and Stay the Night


The Tech Museum of Innovation, California

This Tech Museum includes a special screening of a (presumably awesome) educational film at the onsite Hackworth IMAX Dome Theatre. There isn't a 2014 schedule posted, but you can check here for updates.

8 Amazing Museums Where You Can Bring a Sleeping Bag and Stay the Night


San Diego Zoo Safari Park, California

Based on the picture on the Roar and Snore homepage, this rugged adventure looks relatively luxurious. Lots of family acitivities on the schedule, such as after-hours animal viewings, guided walks, and campfire session. 2014 dates up here.

8 Amazing Museums Where You Can Bring a Sleeping Bag and Stay the Night


Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco

At this aquarium "your group will sleep in the tunnels of our 'Under the Bay' exhibit as thousands of fish including sharks, skates and bat rays swim overhead." Definitely worth a go if the underwater world interests you or your family. Just pray the glass doesn't crack overhead during slumber! Find out more information at here.

8 Amazing Museums Where You Can Bring a Sleeping Bag and Stay the Night


Chabot Space and Science Center, California

Okay, this sounds amazing. A laser light show set to The Beatles, private telescope viewing with an astronomer, plus a little breakfast in the morning. Groups of 20 are a minimum, with one chaperone required per five children. More dates here.

8 Amazing Museums Where You Can Bring a Sleeping Bag and Stay the Night


The Best of the Rest

The following museum sleepover suggestions have been submitted by the international Gizmodo readership:

Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Winnipeg, Canada

Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, New Jersey (SamIAm89)

The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Footballfriend)

Battleship USS Alabama, Mobile Bay, Alabama (Benny Butler)

Battleship New Jersey, Camden, New Jersey (Stig-a-saw-us-wrecks)

The Manitoba Museum, Manitoba, Canada (Amandageddon)

Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario, Canada (JC_Dvorak)

American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York

Museum of Science, Boston, Massachusetts (Dr3wFr4nk)

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, Toronto, Canada (JC_Dvorak)

Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, Georgia (BlueVillain)

The Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois (dragondog)

Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum Complex, New York, NY (mybumhurts)

National Aquarium, Baltimore, Maryland (CoreyClayton)

Center of Science and Industry, Columbus, Ohio (zakany001)

Ontario Science Center, Ontario, Canada (ursa)

Mütter Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California (zleepwitdafishes)