Wow Sleeping Experience: Amazing Museums Where You Can Sleep Next to History

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

Have you ever slept beneath the bones of a T-Rex? What about next to the Declaration of Independence?

It turns out that museum sleepovers are actually a thing! Lots of institutions offer organized all-nighters. Most are, somewhat predictably, geared towards kids (think youth groups, scout troops, and schools), but there are actually some for adults, too (thanks, California Academy of Sciences!).

We’ve rounded up eight sites that offer overnights. Holler in the comments if you know of any other good ones, and anyone who’s actually gone, sleeping bag in hand, and done one of these should definitely share in Kinja below. Do the displays really come to life after everyone else leaves?


California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California

Not only does this SF hotspot host Penguins + Pajamas for the younguns, but it also has grownup-only all-nighters complete with live animal demonstrations and pajama 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. Nbd. Sorry to say that it looks like this inaugural event is sold out, but there’s a waiting list, and East Coast folk can cross their fingers that if it’s a success, The National Archives will plan another one.

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


Natural History Museum and La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles 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, white the Tar Pits have the delightfully dubbed Camp Goo coming up.

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.

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


The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, California

This place includes a screening at the onsite Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater! 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, Escondido, California

Based on the pic on the Roar and Snore homepage, this rugged adventure looks relatively luxe. Lots of family stuff on the schedule, with all the 2014 dates up here.

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


Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco, California

“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.” YES. Organize your own youth group sleepover, more info here.

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


Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland, 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 morny? Fun. Looks like it’s coming up on January 17th! More dates here.

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

The list of museums where you can sleep:

Natural History Museum, London, UK (Dino Snores is for grown-ups!) (Reverendryu)

Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Winnipeg, Canada

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Mount Hope, Ontario, Canada (x2p428)

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 (Sharks or Dolphins!), Baltimore, Maryland (CoreyClayton)

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

Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, Buffalo, New York (zakany001)

Ontario Science Center, Ontario, Canada (ursa)

Titan Missile Museum, Sahuarita, Arizona (PHXSJAZ)

Mütter Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California (zleepwitdafishes)

Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin (Jwend392)

 Sources: Gizmodo;

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