Overnights at the Museum

Ever wonder what happens to the Museum at night? The Overnight Program allows students in grades 1 – 7 and their adult chaperones to discover science in an entertaining, educational, and interactive way through hands-on science activities, a Theater of Electricity Lightning! show, science demonstrations, an Omni film, time to explore the Museum, and much more. Plus, where else do you have a chance to sleep under a dinosaur or a giant grasshopper?

Organized groups of ten or more are invited to call 617-589-0350 or email overnights@mos.org for more information and to reserve space.

Check out the Overnight Survival Manual (PDF)

Learn about our member overnight

Video: Overnights at the Museum

Planning a School or Youth Group Overnight

  • No deposit is required to make a reservation.
  • Two months before your overnight: confirm the exact number of people you will bring.
  • Three weeks before the overnight: payment is due.
  • We welcome students / youth in grades 1 – 7.
  • We require a minimum of one chaperone for every five students.
  • Minimum group size is ten.
  • Museum overnights fill very quickly. To guarantee your space, please contact us as soon as possible: 617-589-0350, overnights@mos.org

View Available School/Youth Group Dates

  • Thursday, April 2
  • Thursday, April 9
  • Friday, April 17
  • Thursday, May 7
  • Thursday, May 14
  • Friday, May 15
  • Thursday, May 21
  • Thursday, June 4
  • Friday, June 5
  • Thursday, June 11

The involvement and support of your principal / director is important. We can provide supporting information including curriculum links to Massachusetts science standards.

Planning a Scout Overnight

We work with Scout councils across New England to offer special Cub Scout and Girl Scout overnights.

All Scout registration is handled through the local Boy Scout and Girl Scout councils. Please contact your council office for fees, availability, and how to register.

View Girl & Cub Scout Dates

  • Saturday, January 3 (Cubs)
  • Saturday, January 17 (Cubs)
  • Sunday, January 18 (Cubs)
  • Friday, January 23 (Cubs)
  • Friday, January 30 (Cubs)
  • Saturday, January 31 (Cubs)
  • Friday, February 6 (Cubs)
  • Saturday, February 21 (Cubs)
  • Friday, February 27 (Cubs)
  • Saturday, February 28 (Girls)
  • Friday, March 6 (Girls)
  • Friday, March 13 (Girls)
  • Friday, March 20 (Cubs)
  • Saturday, March 21 (Cubs)
  • Friday, March 27 (Cubs)
  • Saturday, March 28 (Girls)
  • Friday, April 10 (Girls)
  • Saturday, April 11 (Cubs)
  • Friday, May 8 (Girls)
  • Saturday, May 9 (Girls)
  • Saturday, May 16 (Girls)
  • Friday, May 29 (Girls)
  • Saturday, June 6 (Girls)

*not all councils have space reserved on every date

To register for Cub Scout or Girl Scout nights, please contact your local Scout council.

FAQ

  • Who can participate?

    This program is available to organizations and schools serving children in grades 1 – 7. We do not book private groups or individuals.

  • How do I register?

    Registration is handled through organizations like Girl Scout councils, Cub Scout councils, schools, churches, community groups, and youth groups. Agencies may contact the Overnight Program office at 617-589-0350. Girl Scout troops and Cub Scout packs should contact their local council directly for dates and registration information.

  • What should participants bring?

    Each participant should bring an indoor sleeping bag, and air mattresses are recommended for adults. The Museum is big, so wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Plan to dress in layers for activities and sleeping so that you can regulate your own comfortable temperature. Participants may wish to bring money to shop at the Museum Store.

  • What are the Overnight Program hours?

    Check-in is 5:00 – 6:30 pm. Scheduled activities begin as early as 6:45 pm and conclude at 11:00 am the following day. Groups are welcome to stay and explore the Exhibit Halls after the Overnight Program ends.

  • Can I park overnight at the Museum of Science, and how much does it cost?

    Yes, Overnight Program participants may park on levels 2 – 5 of the Museum garage overnight. Participants pay a flat rate of $5 per car. Bring your parking ticket in with you for validation. Credit/Debit card payment only at the kiosks on your way out.

  • Where do I go when I arrive?

    Participants should bring their gear to the lowest level of the garage and look for the special Overnight Program entrance. Groups will be directed to store gear in their designated space and proceed to registration.

  • What if my group is arriving by bus?

    Buses should pull into the Museum of Science driveway and wait for directions from a Museum staff member.

  • Can my group take public transportation?

    Yes. The Museum is across the street from the Science Park stop on the MBTA Green Line. It is about a 20-minute walk from North Station (Green Line, Orange Line, Amtrak, Commuter Rail).

  • Is food included in the Overnight Program?

    An evening snack and a light breakfast are provided during the overnight.

    Participants may purchase dinner in the Riverview Café, eat before they arrive, or bring dinner with them to eat in the designated picnic area.

    Wolfgang Puck Catering offers participants a variety of Dinner Deal specials through the Riverview Café. Each meal costs $8.00 and includes a fountain drink.

    • Entreé options
      • Cheeseburger
      • Chicken fingers
      • Cliff's dino nuggets
      • Hot dog
      • Hamburger (by request)
      • Vegetarian burger (by request)
    • Side options
      • French fries
      • Salad (by request)
      • Whole Fruit (by request)

    Participants may pay individually or as a group at the café. Groups do not need to preorder or prepay for Dinner Deals.

    Overnight participants receive a 10% discount in the café when purchasing non-Dinner Deal food items. Groups of 40 or more, please inform the café of your plans at least one day in advance.

    To contact the Riverview Café directly: 617-589-3180, wpc@mos.org.

  • Will my group earn a Scout badge or cover a specific school curriculum?

    Overnight programming is not geared to any one Scout badge or to a specific school curriculum. Everyone will participate in a variety of science activities. These activities satisfy many requirements for select science, math, engineering, and technology curriculum or badges.

  • Where do we sleep?

    Participants sleep on the floor throughout the Museum Exhibit Halls. Some surfaces are industrial carpet, others are tile, and all are hard. Air mattresses are welcome for adults (we have outlets to inflate them). Groups are pre-assigned a sleeping space.

  • When is lights out?

    Midnight. Since the Museum is a large facility, please be patient as we turn off all the lights; it may take about 20 minutes.

  • Does it get dark after the lights go out?

    For guest safety, some lights will remain on throughout the night. We are not able to adjust the emergency lighting during the overnight.

  • Does the Museum get cold at night?

    The Museum is a very large, old building, and the temperature will vary from area to area. We recommend bringing layered clothing such as a T-shirt, shorts, and sweats, and a sleeping bag so that you can regulate your temperature to meet your comfort level.

  • Will the Museum store be open?

    The Museum store opens daily at 10:00 am and offers a variety of educational, souvenir, and gift items including an Overnight Program T-shirt.

  • What can I do with the embroidered patch I receive at the overnight?

    The embroidered patch is a souvenir for both youth and adults. Each participant also receives a free Exhibit Halls pass for a return visit.