A night at the Museum

British Museum sleepovers

Christmas sleepover:

Getting closer to the collection

Coming up


Christmas sleepover 

Christmas through the ages

Saturday 15 December — Sunday 16 December

Young Friends tickets £55
Public tickets £70

'Twas the sleepover before Christmas, and through the Great Court, Young Friends were all laughing, getting up to all sorts!

Through craft workshops, participatory activities and storytelling sessions, Young Friends and their guests will look at Christmas from its pagan roots, exploring everything from medieval customs to traditional Victorian celebrations.

To book, call 020 7323 8195



Spring sleepover 

Spring sleepover

Young Friends tickets £45
Public tickets £60

Join us this spring for another magical evening of history and fun as you spend the night at the British Museum.

Tickets on sale soon!



Young Friends receive a £15 discount on sleepover tickets for themselves and up to four of their friends.

Useful information

How do I book tickets?

The best way to purchase tickets is online. If you have a Young Friend Membership already, you'll be asked to give your Membership number in order to receive the discounted Membership ticket price. If you have only just bought Young Friends Membership and your card has not yet arrived, then you can call the Membership Office on +44 (0)20 7323 8195 to book your tickets. If you wish to buy a public ticket, simply click on one of the links above.

How many tickets can I buy?

Each adult can be accompanied by up to 4 children. If you have two or more adults accompanying a larger group, each set of 5 tickets must be purchased separately but you can let us know that you wish to be in the same group by emailing friends@britishmuseum.org

What happens at a sleepover?

A typical sleepover includes:

18.15 Registration – meet your group leader, choose a sleeping spot in the allocated gallery
19.00 Introductory talk including health and safety information
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

Download a sample itinerary.

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 at each activity and accompany the children at all times.

What is the age group?

Sleepovers are for 8–15-year-olds only. Children under 8 are not permitted to attend. If your child, or any child you are bringing, appears younger than 8 years of age, please bring a proof of age to ensure that they are not refused entry. Where possible, children will be grouped according to age. Siblings will be grouped together unless otherwise requested by their parents/guardians.

Where will we sleep?

You will spend the evening in the Egyptian Sculpture and Assyrian galleries on the ground floor. Attendees and their parties will be placed in an assigned sleeping area in their group with team leaders stationed at entrances/exits to provide assistance.

When and where do we arrive?

You'll enter the Museum using the front gates, on Great Russell Street. The Museum closes to the public from 17.30 and re-opens for the sleepover event at 18.00. Please bring your booking confirmation with you on the night. Before the sleepover starts you will be asked to queue in the Great Court. At 18.15 you will be registered and placed into a group where you will meet your group leader and see where you will be sleeping. Attendees will remain in these groups throughout the evening.

What do we need to bring with us?

  • You will need a sleeping bag, ground mat and pillow. We are not able to provide any sleeping materials. For health and safety reasons, we cannot allow any motorised blow-up mattresses or other mattresses which would require electricity to inflate.
  • It is recommended that you also bring a torch, toothbrush, ear plugs (the sleeping area is communal, so if you are a light sleeper you may find these beneficial) and an eye mask, as some lights will be left on in the galleries.
  • You will need to bring 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.
  • Food will not be provided until breakfast, so you will probably need snacks and refreshments to keep you going at the snack break time. There will be tea/coffee for adults during the snack break at 21.00.
  • Please be aware that food is no longer permitted in gallery spaces and sleeping areas. When you arrive for the event, you will be asked to leave all food items in a sealed bag (we will provide this) with your group leader. These will then be moved to the Great Court until break time. Only bottled water can be taken into the gallery spaces and sleeping areas.
  • You will not be able to use electrical items that require a plug and we strongly recommend you do not bring items with you that are of financial or sentimental value.

Can adults bring alcohol?

The consumption of alcohol is strictly forbidden at sleepovers. Anyone suspected of consuming alcohol during the event will be asked to leave the event immediately.

How can I let you know about access requirements or allergies?

If your child has a food allergy or any access requirements, please inform us at the time of your booking by emailing friends@britishmuseum.org. We cannot guarantee that the food provided at breakfast will be nut, dairy or gluten-free, so if someone in your party has particular food requirements please bring something with you for their breakfast.

What if the adult accompanying the child isn't their legal guardian?

We will need the child’s legal guardian to fill in a consent form which will be sent with the booking confirmation. The child’s legal guardian will need to complete this in advance of the event.

The British Museum Friends is a registered charity, number 1086080 and a limited company registered in England, number 4133346.