Night at the Museum

Museums are now giving history lovers the chance to explore exhibits after dark in an all-night adventure.

Staying Overnight In A Museum
Photo: Natural History Museum

1. New York: In August 2014, New York’s American Museum of National History held its first-ever adult sleepover. After all the $350 tickets sold out in three hours, these grown-up slumber parties have become a regular event. Guests are met with a glass of champagne and partake in fossil-finding tours and live shows with nocturnal animals before settling down for the night beneath the iconic 29m-long blue whale.

2. Sydney: The Australian Museum mixes it up with themed sleepover events throughout the year. From the Dinosnore to a Sleep in the Deep slumber party, children can snooze in the company of prehistoric skeletons and giant squids.

3. London: The British Natural History Museum also hosts Dino Snores for prehistoric devotees. Available in both kid and adult versions, the sleepovers include a torch-lit trail through the dinosaur gallery and the opportunity to sleep in the Central Hall next to the Diplodocus skeleton (known as Dippy). Adult parties include live music, a midnight feast and horror movie marathons.

4. Singapore: The Art Science Museum has jumped on the Jurassic sleepover trend. With movie screenings, interactive and educational workshops, and exclusive after-hours tours to enjoy, midnight museum goers are promised the ultimate VIP experience at the “Dinosaurs: Dawn to Extinction” exhibit.

5. Canada: The Ontario Science Centre has been hosting themed sleepovers for almost two decades. In 2015, kids can gear up for nights of fun as they build and test flying gadgets and experience the basic laws of motion at the DJ/PJ dance party.

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