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Sleepovers FAQ

What should we bring to the sleepover?

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Pillow
  • Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Washcloth
  • Warm, comfortable clothing to sleep in
  • Ear plugs (optional)
  • Night mask (optional)

How do I purchase tickets for A Night at the Museum?
To purchase tickets for A Night at the Museum, please call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200. Online ticketing is not available at this time.

When do I receive confirmation for A Night at the Museum?
You will receive an email confirmation immediately after you register for A Night at the Museum. Please print out your email and bring it to check-in on the date of your event along with your completed participant release forms. For group registrations please note that you will be told your payment deadline when you register.

How many chaperones are required to participate with a group?
Each group will be required to maintain a ratio of one adult supervisor per three child participants. All chaperones must be at least 21 years old.

Where do we sleep?
Guests will sleep in either the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life under our beloved blue whale, beneath famous dioramas in the Hall of African Mammals or Hall of North American Mammals or among the geological formations in the Hall of Planet Earth. Sleeping locations are based on availability. 

Can we request a hall to sleep in?
You may e-mail to request a specific hall but please note, making a request does not guarantee you that hall. Sleepover management will do their best to accommodate all requests. Please include the date you are attending and your order number with your request.

What time is the Night at the Museum Sleepover?
A Night at the Museum begins at 5:45 pm and ends at 9 am the next morning.

Where do we park?
Parking is available at our facility conveniently located within the Museum. The garage is located on 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. The parking garage will open at 4 pm for sleepover participants, who will be eligible for a discounted parking fee of $28 for the duration of the sleepover. Visitors taking advantage of this discount must exit the garage by 1 pm.

How do we check in?
Please enter at the Rose Center for Earth and Space entrance on 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue to check in with your sleepover equipment. The entrance will be open until 8 pm. All entrances are handicapped-accessible.

What if we arrive late?
The Rose Center entrance will remain open until 8 pm. Late arrivals will enter at the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial entrance, under the porte-cochère at 79th and Central Park West. 

What should we bring?
Everyone must bring a sleeping bag (or equivalent sleeping gear) and a pillow. Inflatable mattresses are not permitted. A Night at the Museum will provide sleeping cots for all the participants. Other items to bring are toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, flashlights and comfortable sleeping clothes. Please note that the museum is unable to store personal belongings. Please refrain from bringing unnecessary valuables with you and please keep your valuables with you at all times.

Will I be able to charge my phone?
There are very few outlets available across the museum and we must give priority to those who have an immediate medical need for them. However, the museum has recently added MobileQubes, a national network of self-service kiosks that allow guests to rent and return portable batter pack Qubes to charge their mobile devices on-the-go, inside and outside of the museum. For more information on MobileQubes. please visit

What types of food will be served at the sleepover?
The Museum's food court will remain open until 7:30 pm. An evening snack will include various snack food, juice, coffee, and tea. Breakfast will include fresh fruit, muffins, yogurt, coffee, tea, and juice. In addition to the snacks, vending machines on the Museum's lower level will be accessible. Vending machines accept $1 bills and coins. Please bring change for vending machines.

Can we bring our own food and beverages into the Museum?
No outside food or beverages will be allowed into the Museum. Your breakfast, snack, and vending machine food must be consumed in the designated eating area. Please notify us in advance of any food allergies.

Can we increase the number of participants in our group?
Space is very limited for the sleepovers. If you want to increase your group size or make changes to your reservation, you must call 212-769-5200 from Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. If spaces are available you must pay immediately over the phone. Places are provided strictly on a first-come, first-served basis.

What if someone cancels in our group?
There are NO refunds for the sleepovers - all ticket sales are final. If your group leader informs the Sleepover Department of the change in advance of the event, we will try to reschedule you for a later sleepover based on availability within the following 180 days.

How much of the Museum will be open?
The first, second, third and fourth floors, along with the lower level and the Rose for Earth and Space, will be open. The second and third floors of the main Museum are open from 6:45–9:45 pm for open exploration.

What if someone gets sick?
Notify a sleepover staff member if anyone in your group gets sick or hurt.

Can we leave early from the overnight?
Yes, participants may leave early if needed. If you are parked in the garage you need to inform a sleepover staff member. The garage is open from 7 am–11 pm. If you must leave before 7 am please make prior arrangements with the sleepover manager before your sleepover date. Please be expected to make the payment for the garage at the time of your departure.

When will the Museum Shops be open during the sleepover?
The Main Museum Shop will open at 7 am the morning after the sleepover.

Are the exhibits and programs wheelchair accessible?
Yes. All sleepover activities are fully wheelchair accessible.

Are younger and older siblings allowed to participate during the sleepovers? 
No, younger and older siblings are not permitted to attend the sleepovers if they are not between the ages of 6 and 13 years old.

Can we visit the Museum the next day?
Yes, general admission for the museum is included the next day. The museum opens at 10 am. If you plan to visit us, you and your family must exit at 9 am and re-enter at 10 am. You may pick up your general admission pass at the Will Call desk at 10 am. Special exhibitions are not included.

Is there a place to store our sleeping equipment before and after the sleepover?
If you choose to visit the Museum on the day of your sleepover, you may store your items in the coat check from 10 am–5:45 pm and regular coat check fees will apply. The last drop off time is 4:30 pm. All items must be picked up before 5:45 pm when the museum closes and before check in for the sleepover begins.

If you choose to stay to visit the day after your sleepover, you may store your items in the coat check which is open 10:00 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Regular fees apply and please note that the coat check is closed from 9–10 am. Please make other accommodations for the storage of your sleepover items.