Have you ever wondered what happens at the Museum after the lights go out at night? Would you enjoy sleeping among the dinosaurs, tree frogs, coastal fish, or a number of other amazing creatures in our exhibits? Join us for this exciting overnight event at the Museum, including live animal encounters, crafts and other special programming. You’ll fall asleep immersed in our world-class exhibits and wake up to a continental breakfast among old and new friends.
This experience includes:
- A chance to see the Museum and our nocturnal animals come to life after hours.
- The unforgettable opportunity to sleep alongside some of your favorite exhibits.
- Self-guided exploration of the Museum by flashlight, and more!
- Plus, since you’ll already be downtown, you’ll have a prime parking spot for the Raleigh Christmas Parade on Saturday morning!
Tickets and current membership are required and available for purchase online or by calling 919.707.9950. Register by November 9, one week prior to the event date.
Buy Tickets (Registration now closed)
For sleepover basics and more details, click the links above or contact the Box Office at 919.707.9950.
Not a member yet? Join today!
Update: The Acro Dome (as of Oct. 10), Mountain Cove (as of Oct. 29), Early-to-bed Zone (as of Nov. 1) and Mountains to Sea Overlook (as of Nov. 6) sleep areas are full. Please select from the remaining options:
- Coastal NC
- Tropical Connections/Snakes of NC (limited availability)
- Kid-free Adults Zone (Adults only, 18+ years old)
Schedule of Activities
Friday, November 16
6:30–7:30pm: NEW THIS YEAR! – Dinner will be provided
7:00–9:00pm: Nocturnal animal encounters, including the chance to see our two-toed sloth (7:00-8:00pm), a “bug bonanza” (7:00-8:30pm) and meet our tenrec family (7:00-9:00pm)
7:00–10:00pm: Self-guided flashlight tours, glow in the dark crafts and Mysterious Moon Jellies
9:00pm: Quiet time begins in “early-to-bed zone”
10:00–10:45pm: Get ready for bed
11:00pm: Lights out
Saturday, November 17
7:00am: Lights on
7:00–8:00am: Get ready for the day; continental breakfast served in the Acro Café
7:30–8:30am: Animal/nature-themed yoga class, sponsored by KIND Snacks and Indigo Hot Yoga Center (all ages welcome)
9:00am: Museum opens to the public
9:00am: Museum Store opens and members are invited to purchase souvenirs
Stick around after the event for the Raleigh Christmas Parade, starting on the corner of Hillsborough St. at Saint Mary’s St. at 9:40am on Saturday morning.
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