|The American Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, will wrap up its third successful season of Night at the Museum for Grown-ups, the wildly popular adults-only sleepover adventure, with two final events on Friday, May 5, and Friday, June 30.
Built on the successful A Night at the Museum sleepover program for families that debuted in 2006, adults ages 21 and up can explore the Museum once it shuts its doors to the public for the evening. Night at the Museum for Grown-ups will feature special guided tours, food, music, beverages, and access to all 45 permanent exhibition halls, including the new Mummies exhibition featuring the largest collection of Egyptian and Peruvian mummies in North America.
Each evening will begin with a champagne reception and music provided by the 12th Night Jazz trio in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, followed by an elegant sit-down dinner. About 200 nighttime explorers can roam the nearly empty halls of the Museum, like kids on a field trip. They might run into a herd of elephants in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals, or encounter looming dinosaur skeletons, including the 122-foot-long Titanosaur (the largest dinosaur on display in the world) and the 65-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex, during a flashlight tour through the darkened fossil halls.
In the Mummies exhibition, visitors will literally come face-to-face with the dead from thousands of years ago, whether from the Nile Valley of Africa or the Andes Mountains of South America. They can virtually “unwrap” mummies at interactive touch tables and handle 3D-printed figurines of burial goods that were encased for millennia within mummy wrappings. Participants will also escape Earth at a midnight viewing of the Dark Universe Space Show, narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson; or enjoy wild creatures up close during a live-animal demonstration in the Kaufmann Theater.
As the evening winds down, participants can unroll their sleeping bags to sleep under the iconic 94-foot-long blue whale in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. A “Lunar Lounge” in the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth, which will be open from 11 pm to 7 am and equipped with charging stations and bedtime snacks, will offer an oasis for night owls too excited to sleep. The events last from 7 pm until 9 am the next morning.
Sleepover fees are $350 per person ($300 for Members). For more information, and to check dates for the next season of sleepovers, call 212-769-5200 or visit the American Museum of Natural History website.