Frequently asked questions about Young Friends’ sleepovers

There are usually six sleepovers a year for Young Friends where they can spend a night exploring areas of the Museum after dark! There’s a great range of activities to get involved in – from storytelling, music and dance workshops, re-enactments and craft activities to talks by curators on the Museum’s collection, plus a chance to see one of the current exhibitions. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the Museum and the collection!

Please note that sleepovers are one of the most popular activities, places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis and tend to sell out quickly.

Please do not promise children that they will be attending a sleepover until you receive written confirmation from the Membership team via email. If you leave your booking details in a voicemail or email for the Membership Team, please be aware that this may not be responded to immediately and does not therefore guarantee that places have been reserved for you.

What is the age group?

Sleepovers are for 8–15-year-olds only. Children under 8 are not permitted to attend. Where possible, children will be grouped according to age. Siblings will be grouped together unless otherwise requested by their parents/guardians.

Where is the sleeping area?

Sleepovers are for 8–15-year-olds only. Children under 8 are not permitted to attend. Where possible, children will be grouped according to age. Siblings will be grouped together unless otherwise requested by their parents/guardians.

Where is the sleeping area?

The Egyptian Sculpture and Mesopotamian Galleries on the Ground floor. Young Friends and their parties will be placed in a sleeping area in their group with team leaders stationed at entrances/exits if you need assistance.

What happens on the evening?

A typical sleepover includes:

18.15 Registration – meet your group leader, choose a sleeping plot in the allocated gallery
19.00 Introductory talk including health and safety
19.20 First activity
20.15 Second activity
21.00 Snack break
21.50 Third activity
22.45 Fourth activity
23.30 Activities end
Midnight Lights out

07.00 Breakfast, pack up sleeping area
07.45 Farewell activity (exhibition-based)
08.15 Visit to the Children’s shop
09.00 Bag collection and home time

What do we have to bring?

  • Each person coming needs to bring a sleeping bag, ground mat, pillow, torch, toothbrush, ear plugs (the sleeping area is communal, so if you are a light sleeper you may find these beneficial!)
  • Clothing to sleep in i.e. a tracksuit (NOT pyjamas or other nightwear – this is in case of an emergency and we have to quickly evacuate the building). Changing in the galleries is not permitted due to it being a communal area. The galleries can be cold, so please dress appropriately – we encourage you to bring layers.
  • Snacks and refreshments to have at the snack break time. Food will not be provided until breakfast, so you will probably need something to keep you going (there is tea/coffee for adults during the snack break at 21.00)

Please note that items which need an electric plug are NOT permitted at the sleepovers e.g. motorised blow-up mattresses and phone chargers. We strongly recommend not bringing things with you that are of financial or sentimental value.

When is the next sleepover?

For information on upcoming sleepover dates, visit the Young Friends sleepovers page. To ensure you receive notification of when booking opens, please contact the Membership team to check we have your email address on file.


Please note: You will not be able to make a booking using an iPad or tablet device.

Bookings can be made online through the Young Friends’ events page. You will need the Young Friend’s Membership number to place the booking, but you do not need to be a Member yourself. If you do not have an online account you will be prompted to create one in order to place the booking. Once you’ve placed your order, you will receive confirmation via email.

How much does it cost?

Sleepovers are an experience you'll never forget and for just£35 per person you'll receive:

  • Materials for activities, including arts and crafts
  • Breakfast including yogurt, fruit, pastry and juice
  • Overnight accommodation sleeping among the British Museum's objects in the Egyptian Sculpture or Mesopotamian Galleries (on the Ground floor)
  • Experienced staff who constantly ensure you have a safe and enjoyable event

How many tickets can I buy?

Each Young Friend can book a maximum of five tickets per sleepover, of which one must be an adult. This works out at one adult, one Young Friend, plus up to 3 of their friends. A maximum of two adults is permitted per group but this will reduce the amount of child guests. Siblings who are both Young Friends can bring a party of (up to) five each but they must include an adult or guardian for each party of (up to) five.

Please note that we cannot facilitate large parties who wish to be grouped together, but if you would like to be put in the same group as another Young Friend, please give adequate notice to the Membership Team to ensure that we have time to accommodate your request.

What are the adults’ responsibilities?

Adults are responsible for their party at all times throughout the night. This will ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable evening. An adult must be present in each activity and accompany the children at all times.

What if a child is being accompanied by an adult who is not a parent or legal guardian?

We will need the child’s parent or guardian to fill in a consent form which will be sent with the booking confirmation via email. The child’s parent or guardian will need to fill this in online which will then automatically update the booking.

What if I need to cancel?

If you are unable to attend please let the Membership team know as soon as possible on 020 7323 8195 or so that the tickets can then be made available to other Young Friends. Please note that refunds cannot be given within two weeks of an event and an administration charge of £2 will be made for every refund prior to this.