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Night in the Museum

Two dinosaur constellations in the night sky with the text "Night in the Museum"

Two dinosaur constellations in the night sky with the text 'Night in the Museum'

$65 non-members/$60 members/$89 VIP (Very Important Paleontologist)
Discounts available for groups of 10 or more
7 p.m.–9 a.m.; check-in begins at 6:30 p.m.
Ages 6–12; one adult required per three children


Experience the Academy’s towering dinosaurs — including T. rex — after dark! Your action-packed night at the museum barely leaves room for shut-eye. Sleep next to roaring lions, stalking tigers or ancient dinosaurs. Explore every corner of the Academy’s famous exhibits, including The Big Dig and Outside In. Enjoy a fascinating live animal show.

Hang out with your fellow explorers and enjoy delicious snacks, breakfast and coffee. Check out awesome specimens, do hands-on experiments and see the museum as you never have before. What will you discover after dark?

Standard Tickets

Night in the Museum is perfect for scout groups, birthday parties, kids’ clubs, sports team retreats and more. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more; please contact reservations@ansp.org or 215-299-1060 for details.

Full payment is due upon registration. Refund requests made after registration ends are subject to a $20 per ticket fee. Night in the Museum is appropriate for groups and families with children ages 6–12. One adult is required per three children. Digital permission forms will be sent after registration.

VIP (Very Important Paleontologist) Tickets

Sleep beneath our famous T. rex in a reserved space just for you! In addition to this very special sleeping spot, VIP guests will receive an Academy T-shirt and patch, an Academy dinosaur pin and other exclusive gifts to commemorate your stay. A limited number of these tickets are available each event; please contact reservations@ansp.org or 215-299-1060 for questions about availability.

VIP Tickets

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 reservations@ansp.org or 215-299-1060 for more information.

How are we keeping visitors and staff safe during Night in the Museum?

To ensure the health and safety of our guests, staff and volunteers, we have carefully developed new health and safety protocols following guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Drexel University and in consultation with national museum organizations as well as fellow museums around the world, across the nation and in Philadelphia.

Educational program plans have been evaluated and approved by health and safety officers at Drexel University. All staff and participants must abide by Drexel COVID guidelines. Visit https://drexel.edu/coronavirus/ to find out more about expectations for staff and visitors.

The Academy reserves the right to adjust, cancel, postpone or otherwise alter program dates or times according to current safety measures recommended by Drexel University or the City of Philadelphia.


Night in the Museum Frequently Asked Questions

Where do we get to sleep in the museum?

Groups will sleep in one of our three diorama halls (Dinosaur Hall, North American Hall and African and Asian Hall). When groups check in they will be informed of their sleeping area (hall). Groups cannot reserve a hall in advance. VIP (Very Important Paleontologist) tickets can be purchased in advance and guarantee a sleeping spot under our T. rex.

What type of sleeping gear can I bring?

You may bring sleeping bags, sleeping mats and twin air mattresses (no queen- or king‐size, please). Battery- or foot-operated pumps are recommended as we are unable to guarantee sleeping space near an outlet due to safety requirements. Because each hall sleeps around 100 people, we have to be able to accommodate everyone and may ask participants to limit how much sleep gear they are bringing.

What else should I bring?

We recommend bringing comfortable clothes with several layers to sleep in as the temperature may adjust through the night. Shoes are required when moving around the museum, so you may consider bringing slip-ons for a late-night restroom visit. Reusable water bottles and coffee mugs are encouraged. Headphones are required if you need to use your phone after lights out. While the museum does not get totally dark, we also recommend bringing a small flashlight.

What kind of snack can I expect? What will be served for breakfast?

Snack typically consists of a piece of fruit and a small, bagged snack like chips or pretzels. There is also hot tea and coffee for adults, plus juice and water. Breakfast typically consists of fruit, bagels and cereal, as well as hot tea, coffee, juice and water. Coffee and water are available all night.

Your information says participants cannot bring in outside food, but someone in my group has allergies. What do I do?

If someone in your group has allergies, you are permitted to bring your own food for snack and breakfast. We cannot guarantee that our provided food is allergen‐free. Please let us know ahead of time so that we can do our best to recognize and accommodate any allergies.

What is the schedule like?

The schedule is designed for families and groups to “create their own evening.” There are games, make and takes, experiments and activities in addition to all your favorite exhibits, and families can spend as much or as little time as they like at each. There is a break in the middle for snack, and the night always ends with a special show. Lights out is at 11 p.m. and breakfast begins around 7 a.m. The museum store will be open exclusively for overnight guests in the morning. Admission to the museum is included for the following day so you can extend the fun.

Can I bring children under the age of 6?

Night in the Museum is designed for families with children 6–12 years old. Activities go well past most younger children’s bedtimes, and we find that younger guests have a tough time staying up late enough to enjoy the event. Activities take place in all our halls and classrooms, so the museum is quite loud, and we unfortunately don’t have anywhere they can quietly go to sleep.

When does registration end?

Registration for each event ends at 5 p.m. on the previous Friday (one week and one day) before the event date. Digital permission forms will be sent after registration and must be completed prior to arrival for each member of the group. Refund requests made after registration closes are subject to a $20 per ticket fee.

Where do I park?

The Academy does not provide parking for Night in the Museum guests. However, the nearest overnight parking garage is a block away from the Academy at the Philadelphia Logan Square Garage (formerly LAZ Parking) at 1815 Cherry Street. We strongly urge you to prebook parking at this garage in advance of the program for the best rate. More information can be found at https://ansp.org/visit/directions-and-parking/. Click the pink magnifying glass on the map and submit your date and time to find out the discounted parking rate and click “Buy” in the green box to be directed to the iParkit website for purchase and details.

Are masks or vaccinations required in order to attend?

As of October 2022, Drexel University does not require masks or proof of vaccination to visit the Academy and participate in programs. However, while mask-wearing remains optional, we cannot permit visitors to sleep in a face mask due to safety requirements. The Academy reserves the right to adjust, cancel, postpone or otherwise alter program dates or times according to current safety measures recommended by Drexel University or the City of Philadelphia.