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.

Camp-In a Submarine at OSMI – Portland, Or

Spend a night aboard OMSI's USS Blueback, a retired U.S. Navy submarine. Your little explorers will experience what it's like to live underwater and learn about density and buoyancy as they discover how submarines are designed to dive and surface. Dinner, snack, breakfast and a planetarium show are all included.

Ages: 8 and up
Cost: $58/person

Online: omsi.edu

photo: Steve Schroeder via Flickr 

 via flickr

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— Annette Benedetti & Christal Yuen