Thank the movie Night at the Museum for not only igniting your kid’s interest in historical artifacts, buildings and things of the past, but also opening up doors across the U.S. for after-hours fun. Wonder what you can do at these galleries when the lights out? Click through our flipbook to see the top 18 museums and zoos where you can stay the night and let your curious mind wander.

Night Exploration at the Cincinnati Museum Center – Cincinnati, Oh

Theme nights at the Cincinnati Museum Center are slightly different from your average museum. On top of venturing into the wild and hanging out with the superheroes of science, there are cultural fests that’ll take you around the world and appeal to any history buff. 

Ages: 6-14
Cost: $30/person

Online: cincymuseum.org

photo: Steve Schroeder via Flickr 

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 Have you gone on an overnight museum adventure we overlooked? Share in the Comments below!

— Annette Benedetti & Christal Yuen