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.

Bring Your Pajamas to Cal Academy – San Francisco, Ca

The Penguins + Pajamas Sleepovers at Cal Academy make for a memorable night of live animals, rain forests, planetarium showings and breakfast - all indoors and away from the infamous San Francisco "Karl the Fog." If your camper ever wants to wake up next to their favorite animal, this is the place!

Ages: 5-17
Cost: $89/members; $109/non-members

Online: calacademy.org

photo:Jessica Merz via Flickr 

 

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

— Annette Benedetti & Christal Yuen