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 Tar Pits at the Page Museum – Los Angeles, Ca

Find out if your little scientist is a nighttime paleontologist or responsible for the next Ice Age. They will love sleeping among the collections at the Natural History Museum or the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Every ticket supports the museum's scientific and educational programs, so you can feel extra good about sending your kiddos on this nocturnal adventure.

Ages: 5 and up
Cost: $58/members; $65/person for groups of 10 or more; $75/non-members

Online: nhm.org

photo: Natural History Museum 

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

— Annette Benedetti & Christal Yuen