About A Night at the Museum at the American Museum of Natural History
What kid wouldn’t want to spend the night at the American Museum of Natural History in the heart of New York City? (Yes, Ben Stiller did it as a guard in the famed 2006 film, but we promise the displays won’t come to life.)
Still, an overnight experience here is exactly what A Night at the Museum offers -- the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for children and their parents or guardians to see the many wonders that this astonishing institution has to offer once the crowds have gone, and it’s only you and creatures of all kinds.
Here’s how it works: The doors close, the lights go down and everyone grabs their flashlight for a totally awesome after-hours tour. You’ll see your ancient kin in the hall of human origins. You’ll hang out with dinosaurs. You’ll get up close and personal with fossils. You might even see a live animal or two thanks to the museum's expert guides, who will show how bats, wolves and birds of prey chill in their habitat once the sun goes down.
Then, you’ll get to doze off on a cot (bring your own sleeping bag and pillow, please) under an enormous blue whale, beneath dioramas of African mammals or amid geological formations. Seriously, does this sound like fun, or what?
A light evening snack is provided, and the museum’s food court will remain open until 7:30pm, so there’s time to grab dinner before exploring the museum (and hitting the hay). Breakfast is also served. Note that each group must have a ratio of one adult to every three children.
Please note: You must bring your voucher to the museum on the night of the event in order to gain admittance.
The sleepover goes from 6pm until 9am the next morning.
Did you know?
The movie Night at the Museum used exterior shots of the American Museum of Natural History, but all of the interior scenes were filmed on a sound stage, with sets based on exhibits from the museum itself.
Established in 1869, the American Museum of Natural History is a vast complex that contains 27 interconnected buildings. Roughly 5 million people visit it each year.
The museum’s Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs includes fossils from all kinds of different species, including the Stegosaurus (for years, scientists thought it had two brains, but they now know it only had one) and the Triceratops (which had two large horns over its eyes; you wouldn’t want to mess with this guy).
Please note that you must bring your voucher on the night of the event.
A Night at the Museum is a great group activity, so it's as appropriate for a birthday party as it is for a family outing (just remember that three-to-one children-to-adult ratio). All of these events sell out quickly, so reserve early.
Good for kids?
Yes, A Night at the Museum is all about kids! But children do need to be between the ages of 6 and 13 to attend.
American Museum of Natural History Location Information:
Central Park West at 79th St.
New York, NY 10024
B, C to 81st Street, or the 1 to 79th Street.