Thank the movie Night at the Museum for not only igniting your kid’s interest in historical artifacts, buildings and things of the past, but also opening up doors across the U.S. for after-hours fun. Wonder what you can do at these galleries when the lights out? Click through our flipbook to see the top 18 museums and zoos where you can stay the night and let your curious mind wander.

The Original Museum Sleepover at American Museum of Natural History – New York, Ny

Everyone remembers the Ben Stiller film A Night at the Museum. After all, it’s what started this overnight craze. Kiddos can discover the bones of T. rex, meet their relatives in the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins and settle down to sleep beneath an enormous blue whale. Just don’t feed him gum-gum!

Ages: 6-13
Cost: $145/person; $135/members


photo: Ryan Somma via flickr


 Have you gone on an overnight museum adventure we overlooked? Share in the Comments below!

— Annette Benedetti & Christal Yuen

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