Safari Overnights

safari overnight 

Experience the Academy’s towering dinosaurs—including T. rex—after dark! Your action-packed night at the museum barely leaves room for shut-eye.

Safari Overnights are perfect for scout groups, birthday parties, kids’ clubs, sports team retreats, and more.

  • Start with opportunities to enjoy close encounters with free-flying butterflies, dig for dinosaur bones, and come face-to-face with the animals in our dioramas.
  • Go on a scavenger hunt, do a hands-on experiment, or inspect some not-so-creepy crawlies.
  • Break to hang out with your fellow explorers, and enjoy delicious snacks.
  • Take some free time to explore every corner of the Academy’s famous exhibits, and then sit back and relax as we bring you a fascinating live animal show.
  • When it’s finally time for bed, pick your spot next to lions, tigers, or dinosaurs.
  • Waking up early? A light breakfast and another whole day to explore the museum await.

Schedule a Private Overnight

Can’t make it to our public overnights? Do you have a specific date in mind? Develop your guest list and contact us to reserve the museum just for your own private group of 100 to 300. Contact or 215-299-1060 for more information.

Adult Overnights

Want an overnight just for adults? Pack a sleeping bag, put on your pj’s, and leave the kids at home for a night you’ll spend eating, drinking, meeting live animals, and exploring the underbelly of the Academy. Click here for more information.

Safari Overnight Details

2016 Overnight Dates:

  • January 9
  • March 12
  • April 16
6:30 pm to 9 am; Check-in is 6:30–7 pm.
Safari Overnights are appropriate for children ages 6–14. One adult is required per three children.
Call 215-299-1060. Groups of 10 or more, please contact our Reservations Office at 215-299-1060.
$50 for members
$55 for nonmembers
$80 NEW Special VIP (Very Important Paleontologist) Ticket
Sleep beneath our famous T. rex in a reserved space just for you!
In addition to this very special sleeping spot, VIP Overnighters will receive an Academy Overnight t-shirt and patch, as well as an Academy Dinosaur pin to commemorate your stay. A limited number of these tickets are available each overnight, please call for availability.
A nonrefundable deposit of $10 per person is due upon registration. Final numbers and balance must be submitted at least three weeks prior to your overnight date.

Sample Schedule for Friends & Family Overnights


6:30–7 pm
Friendly staff will greet you, and you’ll have a chance to drop off your sleeping gear before you begin your exciting night.
7–7:10 pm
Get the run down on the fun planned for the evening, plus all the info you’ll need for the event. Meet your fellow overnighters and get set for adventure!
7:15–8:30 pm
Open Exploration
Explore all your favorite exhibits after dark and experience special activities that might include:
  • What Was That Noise?
    Think you know what goes on in the woods overnight? Get up close and personal with nocturnal animal specimens from our very own collections.
  • Diorama Drawing
    Ever thought our dioramas could use a little something extra? Test your creativity by adding your very own artwork to our famous dioramas.
  • Crafts
    Create your very own Academy Overnight eye mask! Perfect for raptor-naps or a museum sleepover!
  • Glow Room
    Find out what’s deep in the abyss, discover what makes fireflies amazing, and explore how organisms make their own light through chemical reactions.
  • Dinosaur Flashlight Self-Guided Tours
    See Dinosaur Hall in an all new light—from flashlights!
  • Dynamic Dissections
    We know what the outside of an animal looks like, but what about the inside? Discover the amazing internal parts of animals and learn how museum scientists gain insight into the animal world.
  • Not-So-Creepy Crawlies
    Meet live invertebrates! Touch a beetle, hold a cockroach, and see a tarantula scurry.
  • Scavenger Hunts
    Think you know all about the Academy? Test your knowledge with our fun scavenger hunts.
8:30–9 pm
Refuel with a snack with your fellow explorers.
9–10 pm
Open Exploration
More time to visit all of our exhibits.
10–10:30 pm
Live Animal Show
A live animal show just for our Overnighters! See what our critters are up to after hours.
10:30–11 pm
Bedtime Setup
10:30–11 pm
Still not tired? Come to the auditorium for a short nature film before you settle in for the night.

Following Morning:

7 am
Rise and Shine
7–8 am
Share nocturnal stories over a light breakfast.
8–9 am
Purchase T-Shirts,
Pick Up Patches,
Gift Shop Open,
Special Exhibit Opening
9 am
Gear must depart the building but you can stay!
Parking and Directions
Frequently Asked Questions

Interested in a different date? Private overnights can be arranged for groups of 100–300 participants. Contact us at or 215-299-1060.

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