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Press Release: Sleepovers at NHM

Overnights in the Museum are February 22, May 31, and June 21, 2019

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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Debuts New Family Sleepover Events

Overnights in the Museum are February 22, May 31, and June 21, 2019


Spend a night inside the Museum! Our family-friendly sleepovers offer a whole  new way for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) to come to life. Become a night-time paleontologist and have your own dinosaur encounter on February 22; go on an epic bug hunt on May 31; or travel back in time and go on an Antarctic expedition to dig up dinosaurs on the lost continent on June 21. 

Sleepovers include access to Museum exhibits after-hours, 3D movies, themed crafts, activities, scavenger hunt, special performances, as well as an evening snack and continental breakfast the next day. Ask our knowledgeable Gallery Interpreters and Volunteers one-on-one questions about our exhibits and see special touch-specimens to match each theme. 

Each sleepover event gives you complimentary Museum Admission passes to further explore the Museum the next day. 
This exclusive overnight access to NHM is for children aged 5 - 12, and their adult chaperones (one chaperone is required for every four children). Participants will sleep in the North American Mammal Hall and the African Mammal Hall. 


Family Sleepovers 

Friday, February 22: Dinosaurs 6:30 pm–9 am 
Friday, May 31: Bugs and Butterflies 6:30 pm–9 am 
Friday, June 21: Antarctic Dinosaurs 6:30 pm–9 am 


Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 
900 Exhibition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007 


  • Sleeping bag, pillow, and sleeping pad (air mattresses are permitted)
  • Pajamas and toiletries
  • Flashlight
  • Walking shoes. You will be walking throughout the Museum.

Family Sleepovers

Members: $75 per person. To become a member, visit NHM.ORG/membership.
Non-Members: $85 per person
Group Rates: $75 per person, 10 person minimum

Parking is an additional $12 per car.


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The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC) include the
Natural History Museum, La Brea Tar Pits, and the William S. Hart Museum.
They operate under the collective vision to inspire wonder, discovery, and
responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds. The museums hold one of the
world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural
history—more than 35 million objects. Using these collections for
groundbreaking scientific and historic research, the museums also incorporate
them into on- and offsite nature and culture exploration in L.A. neighborhoods,
and a slate of community science programs—creating indoor-outdoor visitor
experience that explore the past, present, and future.

Sally Marquez