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AMNH Sleepovers

Event Information 


$145 per person
(Members: $135 per person)
(Scout Groups: $125 per person)

6 pm-9 am

Open to:
6-13 year olds
(Scout nights, 6-16)

Admission Price includes:

  • Evening snack and light breakfast
  • Cots for all participants
  • Fossil fact-finding mission by flashlight
  • LeFrak Theater film or space show
  • Take-home activities
  • Live animal special exhibition (seasonal)
  • OR Live animal presentation

Be among the lucky few to spend A Night at the Museum!

A Night at the Museum, the American Museum of Natural History’s wildly popular sleepover experience, is as exciting as ever.

As the doors close and the lights dim, you and your group will head out with flashlights in search of a variety of adventures.

Meet your relatives in the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins. Climb the stairs and enter the Age of Dinosaurs, standing beneath a fearsome T. Rex. Explore our live-animal exhibitions with knowledgeable Museum explainers or encounter live animals—bats, wolves, birds of prey—and learn all about their habitats. Or perhaps discovery the Mysteries of the Unseen World now showing in the LeFrak Theater.

As the night comes to a magical close, settle down beneath the 94-foot-long blue whale, next to African elephants, or at the base of a striking volcanic formation and fall asleep in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most beloved museums.

Space is limited and dates sell out quickly. For the latest availability info, please call 212-769-5200.

For a snapshot of the evening’s activities, see this recent video from Yahoo News.

You Should Bring:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Washcloth
  • Warm comfortable clothing to sleep in
  • Change for vending machines
  • Ear plugs (optional)
  • Night mask (optional)

Download our frequently asked questions and sample schedule below:


NEW 2014 Sleepover Dates:

Friday, May 2 Open for registration
Saturday, May 17 Open for registration
Friday, June 13 Open for registration
Saturday, June 21 Open for registration
Friday, July 11th Open for registration
Saturday, August 9th Open for registration
Friday, September 26th Open for registration
Saturday, October 11th Open for registration
Saturday, October 18th Open for registration

*Cub/Boy Scout sleepovers are for boys only (6-16) with male or female leaders and chaperones. No female siblings, relatives, or friends are allowed.
**Brownie/Girl Scout sleepovers are for girls only (6-16) with female leaders and chaperones. Other all-girl youth groups are welcome. No male siblings, relatives, or friends are allowed.
***Boy Scout troops are welcome. Please note that individual families with boys and girls are also registered for this event.
****Back by popular demand, our sixth annual costumed sleepover, Halloween Extravaganza. Come in your best Museum-inspired characters or creatures. This sleepover is full of Halloween-themed activities, such as spooky snacks, raffles, and trick-or-treat candy stations. Prizes will be given out for the most creative costumes.

Would you like to be notified about future Sleepover dates? Get on our e-mail blast list by sending your request to with Notification List in the subject line. Please include your first and last name in your e-mail.


Gift Certificates

To purchase gift certificates for future sleepovers, please call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200, Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.


We welcome families large and small at the sleepovers. One adult is required for every one to three children attending. Full payment is required when reservations are made.

Registration and Policies

All participants in the sleepover program must pre-register by calling Central Reservations at the phone number below and pay all applicable fees in advance.

Absolutely no walk-in registrations are permitted.

Reservations are accepted by phone only.


How to Register

Call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200, Monday-Friday, 9am to 5 pm.

Group Registration

Only groups of 15 people or more qualify for a group rate, which is $125 per person. A 10 percent deposit is due at the time of reservation (unless the group has chosen a non-Scout night, in which case full payment is due at reservation.) Deposits are non-transferable and non-refundable.

The group leader must submit the Group Agreement to the Central Reservations Department at the American Museum of Natural History. Without this completed form, your reservation is subject to cancellation.

Please send in your group agreement and roster form with full payment to the address below. You will receive a confirmation packet via e-mail unless you specify otherwise at the time of your reservation. Your confirmation e-mail will be sent to you upon registration. At the time of your registration you will be told the exact date when your full payment is due. Failure to make the payment on this date will result in a cancellation of your reservation and will forfeit your non-refundable deposit.

For more information, please download the following files.

Essential Information:

To be filled out by all participants:

To be filled out by groups of 15+ people:


Cancellation and Refund Policy

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If you must cancel or reschedule your reservation, please call 212-769-5200. There are no refunds, but we will try to accommodate you at the next available sleepover date. If there is a price change between your original event date and a rescheduled event, the new price will apply. In the unlikely event the Museum finds it necessary to cancel a sleepover, a full refund will be made. A $4-per-order processing fee applies.

If you then have additional questions, email or call the sleepover line at 212-769-5570.

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Phone: 212-769-5100

Open daily from 10 am - 5:45 pm
except on Thanksgiving and Christmas
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