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.

Sleepover at Foundation for the National Archives – Washington, Dc

Where else can you sleep right next to the treasures of American history? The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are all right there for your history buffs to investigate. On top of sleeping, games and fun, your kids will be treated to movies in the museum's William G. McGowan Theater and a breakfast that includes pancakes flipped by archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero.

Ages: 8-12; chaperon must be 21+
Cost: $125/attendee; $100/members

Online: archivesfoundation.org

photo: National Archives

 

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— Annette Benedetti & Christal Yuen