Overnight Adventures | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Introducing our all new, adult-only sleepovers, with grown-up scavenger hunts, curator presentations, dinner and unlimited beer and wine. Must be 21 and over.
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Sleepover at the Museum


All new Adult-only Sleepovers

Online Registration Now Open!

Enjoy the Summer Nights in the Gardens program where you’ll work on art projects, dance to live music, and spend the evening in the Nature Gardens with access to a VIP lounge area. Then, head indoors where you’re invited to pull an NHM All-nighter, a new take on our popular overnight program with a special adults-only twist.

Slug back craft brew and put on your fancy PJs for an ultimate "nerd-chic" experience, which includes special programming with one of our experts, an open beer and wine bar, a gallery scavenger hunt, and a midnight munchie buffet. To keep the All-Nighter going, we'll have a midnight movie screening. Participants must be 21+ to register.

August 7-8, 2015 for Adults Only
Discussion with an expert: So, Size Does Matter!

August 21-22, 2015 for Adults Only
Discussion with an expert: You are NOT the Father!

Members are $85/person, General Admission is $95/person. Parking is included!

Upgrades (per person charge):

  • Sleep in the Dinosaur Hall +$10
  • Behind-the-Scenes Tour +$15
  • Breakfast Buffet +$16

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Overnight Adventures at the NHM

 Check back for Fall 2015 dates!

Camp Dino at the Natural History Museum 

At this action-packed overnight, your group will be Junior Paleontologists, learning all about dinosaurs! Participants may embark on a fun-filled scavenger hunt and make their own take home craft!*

May 29-30, 2015 for Boys and Girls **SOLD OUT**

Camp Butterfly at the Natural History Museum 

Come and enjoy the wonder and beauty of live free-flying butterflies at this insect-filled overnight! Participants will make a butterfly craft and learn more about the largest class of organisms on the planet!*

July 17-18, 2015 for Girls only (with tour of Butterfly Pavilion the following morning)

Aug 28-29, 2015 for Girls only (wtih tour of Butterfly Pavilion the following morning)

Overnight Adventures at the La Brea Tar Pits

Camp Goo at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits 

Come spend an exciting night at the tar pits and get stuck in all sorts of great gooey activities. Take a special flashlight tour of the tar pits, go on a Museum-wide scavenger hunt, and make sticky crafts!*

June 5-6, 2015 for Boys and Girls

**NEW** Camp Tar Pits at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits 

Bring your tents to sleep otuside amongst the asphalt seeps and learn about the La Brea Tar Pits!*

July 31- Aug 1, 2015 for Boys and Girls

Aug 14-15, 2015 for Boys and Girls

*Please be aware all activities are subject to change based on availability and weather.



Frequently Asked Questions

Sleepovers include:

  • An exciting and fun opportunity to spend a night at the Museum surrounded by fossils!
  • Fun and educational activities for all participants.
  • Light evening snack.
  • Museum patch for all children participants.
  • Admission to the Museum the following day after the 9 am checkout

Unless noted, Overnight Adventures and All-Nightes do not include dinner or breakfast. Please eat dinner before arriving at the Museum. No outside food or drink will be allowed, although water bottles are okay.

How much does it cost to participate?
Registration starts at $60 per person. You can choose to enhance your experience for an additional charge as available. Museum Members always get a discount, so become a member today!

Is there a minimum number of people required to participate?
No. You can attend solo, or with a group.

Is there a minimum age requirement?
No, everyone is welcome to attend. However, activities are designed and recommend for participants 5 years and older. All-Nighters designed for adults only require all participants to be at least 21 years old.

Are children (17 and younger) allowed to sleepover without adult supervision?
No. At least 1 registered adult is required to be on premise and participate with/for every 4 children throughout the duration of the event.

Can a family member or friend enter the Museum for any part of the program?
For everyone's safety, only registered participants who have been properly checked-in are allowed to enter the Museum (both indoor and outdoor spaces) during any sleepover program.

What time should I arrive?
Check-in begins at 6:30 pm with the program starting promptly at 7 pm. Late arrivals may experience delay in admission to the Museum and/or the program already in progress. Participants arriving after 8:30 pm will not be admitted to the program. Early arrivals will not have access to the Museum until they have properly checked-in.

What time do I need to leave the Museum the following day?
All personal belongings must be removed from the Museum by 9 am. However, participants are welcome to enjoy the Museum all day.

What should I bring?

  • Sleeping bag and pillow (air mattresses are OK; we have outlets for pumps, but we do not supply pumps) No tents are allowed inside the museum.
  • Appropriate sleepwear (it can sometimes get cold at night in our large museum halls so bring layers)
  • Jacket.
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and other toiletries; there are no shower facilities available.
  • Flashlight (optional for sleepovers at NHM)
  • Adults may bring cameras with flash capacity and/or video cameras.
  • Water bottle.


How can I limit the participants to only people I know?
You can choose to buy out an entire evening by calling (213) 763-3499. Availability is limited so call today. Buy-outs require that the maximum capacity be paid for and does not allow for program customization.

Where is parking and how much?
Unless otherwise noted, parking is $10 per vehicle. Additional fees may apply for larger vehicles and other restrictions may apply. For NHM, parking is located either in the Museum's Car Park or in Exposition Lot 3, as available. For the Page Museum, parking is located in the Museum's Car Park located directly behind the Museum off of Curson Avenue.

Do I have access to my car throughout the night?
For everyone's safety, the Car Park or Exposition Lot 3 will not be accessible past between 9 pm and 7 am.

When is payment due?
Full payment is required upon registration. We offer group reservation for 50 or more by calling (213) 763-3499.

Can I get a refund?
All payments are final. Should a sleepover be cancelled by the Museum for any reason, a full refund will be provided.