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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 for more information and to reserve space.

Check out the Overnight Survival Manual (PDF)

Learn about our member overnight

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,

View Available School/Youth Group Dates

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 Available Scout Dates

*not all councils have space reserved on every date

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

Upcoming Overnight Dates

Available to School/Youth Groups:

  • Thursday, October 15
  • Friday, October 23
  • Thursday, November 5
  • Friday, November 6
  • Thursday, March 31
  • Thursday, April 7
  • Thursday, May 5
  • Thursday, May 12
  • Thursday, May 19
  • Friday, May 20
  • Thursday, May 26
  • Thursday, June 2
  • Friday, June 3
  • Thursday, June 9

Available to Scout Troops:

  • Friday, November 13 (Girls)
  • Friday, November 20 (Cubs)
  • Saturday, January 16 (Cubs)
  • Sunday, January 17 (Cubs)
  • Friday, January 22 (Cubs)
  • Saturday, January 23 (Cubs)
  • Friday, January 29 (Cubs)
  • Saturday, January 30 (Cubs)
  • Friday, February 5 (Cubs)
  • Saturday, February 20 (Cubs)
  • Friday, February 26 (Cubs)
  • Saturday, February 27 (Cubs)
  • Friday, March 4 (Girls)
  • Saturday, March 5 (Girls)
  • Friday, March 11 (Cubs)
  • Friday, March 18 (Girls)
  • Saturday, March 19 (Cubs)
  • Saturday, April 2 (Girls)
  • Saturday, April 23 (Cubs)
  • Friday, April 29 (Girls)
  • Saturday, April 30 (Cubs)
  • Saturday, May 7 (Girls)
  • Friday, May 13 (Girls)
  • Saturday, May 14 (Girls)
  • Saturday, June 4 (Girls)
  • Friday, June 10 (Girls)


  • -   Who can participate?
  • -   How do I register?
  • -   What should participants bring?
  • -   What are the Overnight Program hours?
  • -   Can I park overnight at the Museum of Science, and how much does it cost?
  • -   Where do I go when I arrive?
  • -   What if my group is arriving by bus?
  • -   Can my group take public transportation?
  • -   Is food included in the Overnight Program?
  • -   Will my group earn a Scout badge or cover a specific school curriculum?
  • -   Where do we sleep?
  • -   When is lights out?
  • -   Does it get dark after the lights go out?
  • -   Does the Museum get cold at night?
  • -   Will the Museum Store be open?
  • -   What can I do with the embroidered patch I receive at the overnight?