Overnight Adventures | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Introducing our all new, adult-only sleepovers, with a grown-up scavenger hunt, curator presentations, midnight munchie buffet, movie screening, and an open craft beer and wine bar. Must be 21 and over.
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All new Adult-only Sleepovers

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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.

Put on your fancy PJ's for an ultimate nerd-chic experience with special programming with one of our experts, a gallery scavenger hunt, a DJ spinning, and, for your refreshment, a midnight munchie buffet, craft beer provided by Angel City Brewery, and wine. To keep the All-Nighter going, we'll have a natural history themed movie screening and more!

Enhance your evening with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum's mammology collection or a hot breakfast buffet in the morning. Participants must be 21+ to register.

Curatorial talk with Dr. Jim Dines, Collections Manager of Mammology

August 7-8, 2015 for Adults-Only
So, Size Does Matter: Marine Mammal Mating

August 21-22, 2015 for Adults-Only
You Are NOT the Father: Bat Mating

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

Upgrades (per person charge):

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

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Overnight Adventures at the NHM

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Camp Butterfly:

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!*

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

Camp Dinosaur:

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!*

September 25-26, 2015 for Boys and Girls

November 7-8, 2015 for Boys and Girls

November 21-22, 2015 for Boys and Girls

Camp Arachnids:

Learn about insects and arachnids in this thrilling Overnight where you will also come face to face with the spiders in the Spider Pavilion!*

September 19-20, 2015 for Boys and Girls Program begins September 19 at 7 pm and will conclude September 20 at 9 am.

Camp Mummies:

Join us while we unwrap the secrets of NHM's new traveling exhibit Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs*

October 16-17, 2015 for Boys and Girls

November 6-7, 2015 for Boys and Girls

December 12-13, 2015 for Boys and Girls

Overnight Adventures at the La Brea Tar Pits

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**NEW** Camp Tar Pits:

Learn about the La Brea Tar Pits and the titans that lived during the last Ice Age by experiencing the new Titans of the Ice Age 3D film!*

July 31- Aug 1, 2015 for Boys and Girls. Bring your tents to sleep outside! No tent? Opt to sleep inside the Museum instead.

Aug 14-15, 2015 for Boys and Girls. Bring your tents to sleep outside! No tent? Opt to sleep inside the Museum instead.

December 5-6, 2015 for Boys and Girls. Sleep inside!

Camp Boo and Goo:

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! Costumes are encouraged though you might get a little messy.*

October 24-25, 2015 for Boys and Girls

October 30-31, 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-Nighters 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 $75 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?
For All-Nighters, you can attend solo, or with a group. For Overnight Adventures, all children must be accompanied by a registered adult for the entirety of the event and there is a 4:1 child to adult ratio for all groups.

Is there a group rate?
Yes. Groups of 10 or more receive a group rate. Click here to reserve for NHM dates, and click here to reserve for Page dates. If you are a group of 50 or more, please call 213-763-3499 about our payment options.

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 for Overnights 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.
  • Ear plugs if you are a light sleeper.


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 La Brea Tar Pits 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.