Obviously stimulated by the famous museum-themed movie – Night at the Museum – many American museums and zoos began offering overnight staying for both small and grown-up visitors. Sights all over America allow visitors to spend the night right among the exhibits.
For example, the American Museum of the Natural History arranges “A night at the museum” event every year inviting families to study the museum’s exhibits during nonworking hours and bed down for the night in exposition rooms.
There are enough venues for experiencing an entirely different overnight stay, and eventually see with your own eyes, what happens at the museum (or a zoo) after they turn off the lights. Here are six American institutions and zoological gardens giving you an opportunity to stay overnight.
American Museum of Natural History
Kids and grown-ups can stay for the night at New York’s top popular museum – located on Manhattan – and explore the fossil remains behind the closed doors. The official site says that visitors may find their place underneath an enormous, almost 100 foot long blue whale, close to African elephants, or alternatively at the bottom of a magmatic formation, before going to your dreams in the world’s famous museum. Bear in mind that space is limited and the tickets are in high demand.
Field Museum of Natural History
Dozing with the dinosaurs event organized by this Chicago museum is one of the city’s most awaited summer attractions. Kids between 6 and 12 years old have a chance to come with their napsacks and track around the place, take part in working groups, and listen to fairy tales close to the local tyrannosaurus rex representative called Sue.
Baltimore National Aquarium
For those who find sharks especially attractive, can try falling asleep with alive elasmobranchiis swimming nearby. The ticket includes a special backstage excursion, a booked seat at a dolphinarium, a four-dimensional film, and two meals (dinner and breakfast).
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
All those real baseball fans (secretly) long for this pilgrim’s journey to New York’s Cooperstown. The local hall of fame and museum are the central point for exploring America’s baseball history. Children from 7 to 12 can now get closer to it, by staying after hours and discovering the sport-game’s showpieces and participating in unique activities such as legendary home runs’ reconstructed radiobroadcasts.
The Philadelphia Zoo think it’s not just children who should have such fun. This zoological garden is known for not only offering overnight events to its younger visitors, but also for arranging night-time tours for grown-ups allowing them to come near-hand to animals. By the way, drinks are included in the program.
Star of India
Homeported at San Diego, this legendary maritime landmark invites guests to settle down for a night on board of the planet’s most long-standing working sailing-vessel. A re-created 19th century voyage with setting the sails and singing songs takes place in the evening.