From snoozing with the dinosaurs to arty lock-ins for grownups, experience the world's top museums and galleries as you've never seen them before...
Museum & gallery sleepovers in the UK... 1. Get hands-on with science Where?
Science Museum, London Who can sleep over?
Families with children aged 7-13 Where will I sleep?
In a sleeping bag in one of the museum's galleries (camping mats provided) How much?
£45 per person
With a packed programme of science shows, interactive workshops, and an IMAX screening, Science Nights
is a unique way to get your children interested in the scientific world. An evening snack and breakfast are provided, and the price includes admission to the museum the following day.
Science Night (Science Museum)
2. Discover ancient faraway lands
British Museum, London Who can sleep over?
Young Friends of the Museum, aged 8-15 Where will I sleep?
In a sleeping bag in the Egyptian Sculpture or Mesopotamian Galleries How much?
This Young Friends Sleepover
is a chance to explore one of the oldest museums in the world after-hours. The evening includes a range of activities, from storytelling to crafts, followed by curling up in your sleeping bag next to one of the museum's world-renowned collections. A full evening meal is not provided, but snacks and breakfast are included in the price of the ticket. The British Museum in London (Shutterstock) 3. Experience an adults-only 'Dino Snore' Where?
Natural History Museum, London Who can sleep over?
Adults aged 18 and over Where will I sleep?
In a sleeping bag in the museum's Hintze Hall (camping mats provided) How much?
£180 (£162 for members) Dino Snores
is a popular event for children at the Natural History Museum, but who says the kids should have all the fun? Dino Snores for Grown-ups
offers an evening filled with talks, live music, a quiet browse among the museum's collections, a movie marathon, and some more unusual activities like edible insect-tasting. A three-course dinner, breakfast, and a complementary drink on arrival are included with admission, and a bar is open until late. 4. Go on a navy-themed family adventure Where?
Action Stations, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Who can sleep over?
Families with children aged 5-13 Where will I sleep?
In your own camping gear anywhere inside Action Stations How much?
£18 per child for earlybird tickets, otherwise £22, accompanying adults go for free
Experience a one-of-a-kind evening at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, home of the Royal Navy. The Family Dockyard Sleepover
is held and at Action Stations – the dockyard's visitor centre – and includes laser quest and a climbing wall, as well as Navy-themed fun like designing your own Naval tattoo! Drinks and snacks in the evening and breakfast in the morning is provided. Portsmouth Historic Docks
Museum & gallery sleepovers in the USA... 5. Wine and dine alongside nature Where?
American Museum of Natural History, New York Who can sleep over?
Adults aged 21 and over Where will I sleep?
In a sleeping bag in the museum's Milstein Hall of Ocean Life (camp beds supplied by the museum) How much?
$350 ($300 for members)
This Night at the Museum Sleepover for Grown-Ups
at the American Natural History Museum is a truly unique experience: venture through the crowd-free exhibits after hours; enjoy dinner and drinks; attend exclusive tours and presentations; and tuck into a light breakfast after sleeping under a 94-foot-long whale. With live music and midnight film viewings, this overnight stay promises to entertain until the small hours. Children's sleepover events
are also hosted throughout the year. Dinosnores (AMNH) 6. Go undercover in a spy museum Where?
International Spy Museum, Washington D.C. Who can sleep over?
Children aged 9-13 Where will I sleep?
In a sleeping bag in the Museum's galleries (camping mats not provided) How much?
$115 ($105 for members) Operation Secret Slumber
is for adventurous youngsters looking to sharpen up their espionage skills. With secret missions, undercover characters, and guest appearances from real spies, this is a thrilling evening for the James Bond-obsessed. Accompanying adults have their own secret roles to play, and the mission ends in the morning with dramatic reveal of true identities. An evening snack and light continental breakfast are included. Spy Museum Washington
7. Go on a scavenger hunt in LA Where?
National History Museum, Los Angeles Who can sleep over?
Children aged 5 and up Where will I sleep?
In a sleeping bag in the museum (camping mats not provided) How much?
$65 ($60 per person on groups of 10 or more, $58 for members)
The Natural History Museum in LA offers a number of different overnight adventures for children
. The Night at the Natural History Museum puts on scavenger hunts and a film screening, Camp Dino teaches participants about palaeontology, and Camp Butterfly is a girls-only event filled with flitting creatures. A light evening snack and breakfast are provided. Natural History Museum, LA 8. Get exclusive access with the experts Where?
Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee Who can sleep over?
Families with children aged 6-12 Where will I sleep?
In a sleeping bag in one of the museum's exhibit areas (camping mats not provided) How much?
$47 per person ($37 for members)
Milwaukee Public Museum has a range of themed sleepovers
, and all of them take a behind-the-scenes look with the curators at the museum's fascinating collections. Discover the objects not normally revealed to the public on a For Your Eyes Only! night, learn about how the exhibits are made on a Make It – Take It overnight stay, or step back in time with Ancient Worlds. A light breakfast is provided, but you'll need to eat dinner before arriving. Milwaukee Public Museum More USA museum sleep-overs...
Camp-In at The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia (6-13 yr olds)
Dozin' with Dinos, The Field Museum, Chicago (Families, 6-12)
Museum of Science Overnights, Boston (Children grades 1-7)
Snoozeum, Museum of Science + Industry, Chicago (Families with children aged 6-12)
Museum & gallery sleepovers in Australia...
9. Go back in time with Dinosaurs Where?
Australian Museum, Sydney Who can sleep over?
Children aged 5-12 Where will I sleep?
In a sleeping bag in the Dinosaur exhibition How much?
Children AUD$140 and accompanying adults $180 (members £120/$150) Dinosnores
at the Australian Museum is a fun-filled evening that offers after-hours insights into the museum's extensive dinosaur collection – from Aussie dinos to how birds evolved from pre-historic species. This sleepover is a fun way for children to explore the world of dinosaurs, with a tour by torch-light, craft activities, and movie at to finish. The evening includes a pizza dinner (plus dessert!) and breakfast is served the following morning. The Australian Museum (Shutterstock) 10. Sleep in style at the MONA Where?
Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart Who can sleep over?
Maximum of 4 people Where will I sleep?
In a giant bed in your rented pavilion How much?
From AUD$650 per night
Without doubt the sleekest overnight stay on this list, sleeping in The Pavilions
at the MONA is a decadent experience – complete with a sauna, infinity pool, panoramic views, and a private cellar stocked with wine and beer. There are eight pavilions available to hire, each decked out with bespoke furniture from Tasmanian designers, and featuring artwork from the MONA's collections. This overnight stay works more like an apartment rental, in that there is a minimum stay of one night but no maximum. Each pavilion has with a full kitchen, and breakfast is included. Image Courtesy MONA Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart