Overnight Adventures Await Children at Two Smithsonian Museums

Smithsonian Associates presents trueNight at the Museumexperiences for children in the National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of American History just in time for Halloween. Sleepovers will be held Friday, Oct. 19 (American History), and Friday, Nov. 2 (Natural History), beginning at 7 p.m. and ending at 8:45 a.m. the next morning. Children and their chaperones can choose their adventure, whether it is sleeping beneath a 50-foot whale or spending the night at the home of the Star-Spangled Banner. They will experience the museums in a whole new way during a night of fun that features demonstrations, games, crafts and more. Halloween costumes are encouraged!

National Museum of Natural History Sleepovers

Sleepover guests will experience the museum through an interactive exploration of exhibit halls, consisting of games, puzzles and challenges; exhibit-based craft projects; and sleeping under the museum’s giant North American right whale, Phoenix.

National Museum of American History Sleepovers

Sleepover at NMNH
Photo by Jim McCallum, volunteer

Participants will solve a mystery of historic proportions during an interactive exploration of exhibit halls. When the devious diva Miss Rose steals six valuable objects from the museum, kids must discover what is missing before the evening’s end. Using their detective skills, they will collect clues to guide them to the crime scene. Along the way, they will take part in games, experiments and craft projects—and even become a presidential candidate.

Children ages 8 to 12 may participate in sleepovers. There must be at least one adult for every three children in any group that registers. Chaperones must be 21 years or older. No adults without children. All participants must pre-register by calling (202) 633-3030 or by visiting the Smithsonian Associates box office located in the S. Dillon Ripley Center at 1100 Jefferson Dr. S.W., Suite 3077.

Ticket prices are $135 for general admission and $125 for Smithsonian Associate members. The price includes exclusive access and activities in the museum, an evening snack, interactive exploration, arts and crafts activities, and a light breakfast. T-shirts are available for purchase while at the sleepover. Reduced rates are available for groups of 20 people or more and for military families. For Halloween costume guidelines, more information and a schedule of events, visitwww.smithsoniansleepovers.org.

Smithsonian Associates—the largest museum-based education program in the world—produces vibrant educational and cultural programming inspired by the Smithsonian’s research, collections and exhibitions. Each year more than 750 individual programs are presented to spark creativity and excite learning in people of all ages in the Washington, D.C., area and across the country. Smithsonian Associates brings the Smithsonian to life through seminars, performances, lectures, studio arts classes and local and regional study tours, as well as many engaging programs for children, including performances and summer day camps.