Boston Science Museum Overnights
Ever wonder what happens to the Museum at night? The learning and fun continue with our Overnight Program for Scouts and their adult chaperones. Discover science in an entertaining, educational, and interactive way through experiments, a Theater of Electricity Lightning! show, an Omni film, and much more. Plus, where else do you have a chance to sleep under a dinosaur or a giant grasshopper?
Watch a Video About Museum Overnights
Preparing for Your Overnight
Be prepared to interact with several hundred youth and chaperones participating in this program. As previous overnights have demonstrated, cooperation and flexibility are vital. Be aware that the Museum will be open to the public during parts of the overnight, and there will be visitors attending shows and other Museum functions. We look forward to your help in making this a wonderful experience for everyone.
What to Bring
Bring an indoor sleeping bag for each participant. Prior attendees recommend an air mattress or foam pad for sleeping on hard, cold floors. Outlets are available for inflating mattresses. If you need an outlet overnight for a CPAP machine or other medical device, contact us in advance. Consolidate gear to facilitate storage and access. All gear should be clearly labeled with your group and individual name to minimize the chance of losing items.
You’ll do a lot of walking, so wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Shoes must be worn at all times. We recommend dressing in layers. Overnighters usually sleep in light clothing.
Bring a water bottle. Feel free to bring a camera as photographs are permitted in most parts of the Museum. Overnighters may wish to bring extra money to purchase souvenirs and educational items in the Museum Store.
What NOT to Bring
Please do NOT bring tents, cots, hair dryers, curling irons, alarm clocks, electronic toys, games, music, or alcohol.
Getting to the Museum of Science
Traffic patterns change frequently in and around Boston due to construction. Please visit mos.org/directions.
Arrival and Registration
Plan to check in between 5:00 and 6:30 p.m. Park in the upper levels (2 – 5) of the Museum garage and bring your gear to the ground level. Look for the Overnight Program Entrance sign in the corner of the garage. Garage attendants and security guards can help direct you. After you enter, leave your gear in the hallway under your group name and proceed to check-in. Staff will be there to assist you in this process. While checking in your group you will receive a packet containing a map of our exhibits, a schedule of events, and other information for a safe, successful stay. Museum staff will be available to assist you throughout the evening.
If you arrive after 7:00 p.m., go to the Information Desk in the lobby and ask an information specialist to contact an Overnight Program staff member to check you in.
Your group will be assigned a sleeping area in the Exhibit Halls.
Overnight staff will review safety procedures with at least one adult member of your group. We appreciate your cooperation in making sure sleeping areas are set up safely.
As for sleep…expect about as much as anyone would get at a large slumber party. Remember that after lights-out all overnighters must remain quiet and in their assigned areas.
This extraordinary, exploratory overnight adventure will keep you going from dusk ’til dawn! The program includes an opening welcome, an instructor-led workshop, instructor-led hands-on science activities, and presentations in the Mugar Omni Theater and the Charles Hayden Planetarium. You will receive an exact schedule of events when you arrive. Adults are encouraged to participate in all overnight activities!
Meals Food (snack breakfast) .pdf
Food is not allowed in the Exhibit Halls. Participants may eat in designated areas that allow food and drink. Overnighters can purchase dinner in the Museum’s Riverview Café or bring a picnic dinner/supper. We will provide an evening snack and light breakfast. Complimentary tea and coffee will be provided for adults at designated hours during your stay.
Please allow enough time to complete your dinner before programming begins at 6:45 p.m. Those with special dietary needs are encouraged to bring their own food substitutes. For more information: 617-589-3180.
Please notify us prior to the overnight if members of your group have any special needs or accommodations. Refrigeration is available for medicine or special dietary needs. We are better able to accommodate your needs with advance notice.
Overnight vehicles park for a $5 flat fee in the Museum garage. Cars and small vans must be parked on the upper levels of the garage. Bring your ticket inside with you. Museum staff will validate your parking during the event and you’ll pay at the kiosks upon departure. We can only accept debit and credit card payments for parking.
The program ends at 11:00 a.m. Pack and store your gear during the scheduled time so the Museum can be cleaned. Please make arrangements for gear, parking, and buses before the overnight staff leave at 11:00 a.m.
If you still have energy, feel free to stay longer and enjoy the Museum!
Important Rules and Guidelines OvernightsChapInfo.pdf
• Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
• Smoking is prohibited throughout the Museum.
• Food is not allowed in the Exhibit Halls. (You may eat in designated areas.)
• Participants are not allowed to leave the building except in the case of an emergency.
• Anyone found under the influence of or in possession of alcohol or drugs will be required to leave.
• Inappropriate behavior (including, but not limited to, ignoring guidelines or engaging in acts of aggression) will be grounds for dismissal.
• HAVE FUN!