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Stephen Simon (above left) is a docent at the NHM and the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. There are many ways to volunteer at our three museums!
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The Girls Are Back!

The historic Rotunda, with the centerpiece “Three Muses” statue, is one of the Museum’s most elegant and popular spaces. It’s also available again after renovation! Interested in creating an epic, or an epic event?
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Sleepover at the Museum

The Overnight Adventures program is your opportunity to spend a night in a world-famous museum and explore our collections with the help of our educators.

Fall 2015 dates will go on sale in May. Please check back for updates.

January through June 2015 dates are now on sale! Call 213.763.3499 to reserve your space today!

Overnight Adventures include:

  • Three-to-four rotations of fun and educational activities at night led by Museum educators
  • Light snack in the evening and light breakfast in the morning
  • Museum patch for all children participants
  • Admission to the Museum the following day after the 9 am checkout
  • An exciting and fun opportunity to spend the night in a Museum surrounded by fossils!

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions located at the bottom of this page!

Overnight Adventures does not include dinner, so please eat dinner before arriving at the Museum. No outside food or drink will be allowed.


Overnight Adventures at the NHM

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!*

April 3-4, 2015 for Boys and Girls

April 17-18, 2015 for Boys and Girls

May 29-30, 2015 for Boys and Girls


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!*

April 24-25, 2015 for Girls only (with 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!*

May 1-2, 2015 for Girls

June 5-6, 2015 for Boys and Girls


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

Find out how scientists discover tiny microfossils among the tar, take a special flashlight tour of the tar pits, and learn about entrapment at this thrilling overnight adventures!*

March 27-28, 2015 for Boys and Girls

June 19-20, 2015 for Girls

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



Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of the program?

Members are $58/person, groups of 10 or more are $60/person, and general pricing is $65/person. Become a member today!

What is the minimum number of people needed for an Overnight Adventure? 
There is no minimum group size for our Overnight Adventures.

Is there a minimum age for youth participants?
Yes, we require that all participants be at least 5 years old.

Are adults required to spend the night?
Yes, we require adult supervision for all group ages and sizes, and a 4:1 child to adult ratio for large groups.

What time should I arrive and when is the program over?
Check-in for the program begins at 6:30 pm for our overnights with the program itself starting at 7 pm. Activities run until a little after 10 pm. All belongings must be removed from the Museum by 9 am, but participants are welcome to stay in the Museum all day following the sleepover. The Museum closes promptly at 5 pm everyday, and we will not be allowed to let anyone into the Museum for overnights until 6:30 pm at the earliest.

What should I bring with me?
All participants should 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.

Can I pick any date or are there specific dates?
Overnight Adventures occur on specific dates throughout the year. Dates are listed above.

What is the registration process?
Reservations are only accepted by phone. Please call (213) 763-3499 to check the availability of the dates you prefer and to register for the program. Dates sell out quickly, so please have a second and third option prepared in case your first choice is sold out.

We require the full payment, as well as signed contract, upon booking. Final guest counts and consent forms for all participants are due no later than 45 days before the overnight. Groups of 50 or more looking to book, please call (213) 763-3499 for more information.


For more information on Overnight Adventures or to book your overnight today please call (213) 763-3499 or e-mail