Young Friends

Sleepovers are very popular with Young Friends.

Frequently asked questions 


Enjoy a monumental night’s sleep at the Museum in 2017.

Sleepovers are a thrilling way for Young Friends to experience the Museum after dark and learn about thousands of years of history through craft workshops, participatory activities and storytelling.


Upcoming dates:

Saturday 18 - Sunday 19 March 2017 - SOLD OUT

Saturday 1 - Sunday 2 April 2017 - BOOK NOW

The first sleepovers of 2017 will be all about the forthcoming exhibition The American Dream: pop to the present and the history of the United States of America!
Listen to Native American legends, send your own space rocket to the moon and explore America during the Gold Rush. You'll get to spend the night sleeping in the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries surrounded by kings and gods, and swing, twist and breakdance your way through American history. You will also all get the chance to visit the amazing new exhibition in the morning before the Museum opens to the public.


Download an example itinerary 

Please note: this is indicative of the programme and is subject to change.


A typical sleepover

Registration – meet your group leader, choose a sleeping plot in the allocated gallery 18.15
Introductory talk including health and safety 19.00
First activity 19.20
Second activity 20.15
Snack break 21.00
Third activity 21.50
Fourth activity 22.45
Activities end 23.30
Lights out Midnight
Breakfast, pack up sleeping area 07.00
Farewell activity (exhibition based) 07.45
Visit to the Children’s shop 08.15
Bag collection and home time! 09.00