Spend a night at the Museum!
Join us for an unforgettable 'Australiana' experience at the AM. Enjoy an Aussie barbeque dinner and get up close and meet live native Australian animals such as crocodiles, pythons and lizards, before coming face-to-face with our resident Muttaburrasaurus, an Australian dinosaur that lived around 100 million years ago. Travel back to Australia's ancient past and hold real fossils before making your own to take home. Embark on a tour by torchlight to discover Australian Museum treasures and stories before relaxing in the theatrette to watch the family favourite film, 'Night at the Museum'. The evening is topped off by sleeping next to some old dinosaur favourites including Stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex. In the morning you will wake to breakfast at our rooftop cafe overlooking Sydney Harbour and Botanic Gardens then meet an AM scientist to hear about the behind-the-scenes research that uses the biological and cultural collection, much of which is not on display in the exhibition galleries.
Date/s: Multiple Fridays throughout the year, beginning 3 February.
School, Girl Guides or Scout groups are welcome to book private sleepovers Mon - Thurs (02 9320 6364, email@example.com).
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 AM the following day. (Schools can start at 5:15 PM for an earlier bedtime).
Meeting Point: Please meet at the main entrance to the Museum, 1 William Street, Sydney. (The Museum entrance doors will be closed however staff will greet guests at 6:00 PM and take guests into Museum).
Ages: 5 - 12 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults are not permitted without a child.
$120 members child; $150 members adult
$140 non-members child; $180 non-members adult.
Private or school groups $100 per person with 80 pax minimum & 120 pax maximum. Supervising teachers and parents are free at a ratio of 1 adult per 10 students. Extra adults pay $180.00 each if not members. Extra adult numbers must be negotiated with AM staff at the time of booking.
(All prices include GST and booking fee)
No refunds. Any date transfers need to be notified at least 72 hours before event. Changes are made at AM staff discretion. Kids at the AM mailbox will be checked weekly firstname.lastname@example.org. For any urgent matters phone the AM on 02 9320 6000.
To become a Member of the AM and take advantage of the discounted ticket price, visit: https://australianmuseum.net.au/members/
Ticket price includes:
- Buffet dinner and continental breakfast at our rooftop restaurant
- Encounter live native Australian animals such as crocodiles, pythons and lizards oh my! (Syllabus adapted for school groups. Simply inform AM staff of year group /Stage when booking)
- Torchlight tour of the Museum Galleries, including Wild Planet and Surviving Australia
- Screening of the film, 'Night at the Museum' in the Theatrette
- Sleep in the Dinosaur Gallery
- Entry into the current special exhibition SPIDERS: Alive and Deadly!
- Children receive a goodybag to take home which includes a growing dinosaur egg!
What to bring:
- All sleeping equipment i.e. camping mat, sleeping bag, pillow
- comfortable sleeping clothes
- Tooth brush, toiletries and wash cloth (no showers available)
- Ear plugs and sleep mask (optional)
- Please note that the museum is unable to store personal belongings. Please refrain from bringing unnecessary valuables with you and please keep your valuables with you at all times.
Frequently asked questions:
What is the general plan for the evening?
6:00 PM Arrive and set up beds in Dinosaur Gallery on Level 2, then head up to Level 4 rooftop café.
6:15 – 6:45 Dinner
6:45 – 7:30 Australian Wildlife Show (45 mins)
7:30 – 8:30 Torchlight tour of Museum and fossil activity (1 hr)
8:30 – 10:20 Screening of ‘Night at the Museum’ in theatrette (1 hr 48 mins)
10:30 PM – Bedtime in the Dino Gallery (School groups can start program at 5:15 PM for an earlier bedtime of ~9:30 PM)
Can my child go to bed early if they are tired? Yes, however, this will only be possible from 8:30 PM and you will need to stay with your child. Please let staff know if any of your party get sick/hurt and need to leave the Museum early.
Can adults bring alcohol? No. We do not allow guests to bring alcohol into the Museum. Adults that would like to have a beer or glass of wine at dinner may purchase this from the restaurant.
How do I get there? The Australian Museum is located on the corner of College Street and William Street in central Sydney, just across the road from Hyde Park and opposite St Mary's Cathedral. Bus, train and parking information can be found here: http://australianmuseum.net.au/location-parking-and-public-transport. Please note that there is no parking available at the Museum so we have arranged a special flat rate of $15 overnight parking at the Domain for Dinosnore guests. You must show your Dinosnore ticket for validation at carpark office on level 2A blue level.
Can I visit the Museum the day of the program? Yes. Your Dinosnore ticket includes Museum Entry, however, you will not be allowed in the Museum between 5 PM - 6:30 PM or 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM. Much of the Museum will be covered during DinoSnore.
Can younger or older siblings attend? No. The program is not suited to children under 5 years of age.
Do I need to stay with my child for the whole program? Yes. Parental or adult supervision is required at all times.
What if I am running late? If you are running late then please call Security on 02 9320 6335 who can radio event staff when you arrive.
What is the movie about? 'Night at the Museum' a family favourite about a newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History who discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc.
What types of food will be served at the sleepover? Chefs from CREATE will serve a deliciuos:
• Spaghetti and meat balls
• Vegetarian lasagne
• Steamed market fish
• Colcannon Mash potatoes
• Roasted vegetable selection
• Juices, filter tea and coffee
• Mini Danish and croissants
• Individual yogurts
• Cereal selection
• Whole fruit
• Juices, hot chocolate, filter tea and coffee
Mini-magnums will be served in the Theatrette. Please let us know in the booking form if you have any specific dietry requirements or allergies and we will try and accomodate.
Can we bring our own food and beverages into the Museum? No alcohol is to be brought on site by visitors but feel free to bring a water bottle or other beverage. We will be catering for dinner and breakfast so there should be no need to bring food/drink unless you have specific dietry requirements that we cannot cater for. If you think you will need extra snacks then you are welcome to pack these, but make sure you take all rubbish with you when you pack up your sleeping gear.
Where do we sleep? Guests sleep in the Dinosaur gallery. Guests are required to bring all bedding and sleeping mat.
Image: Food with a view at the AM's rooftop cafe.
Image: Sleeping in the Dinosaur Gallery
For more information, contact programs: (02) 9320 9364 / email@example.com.