During MPM's exciting sleepovers, you'll experience the Museum under the cover of darkness. Get a deeper look into one of the Museum's great exhibits or the theme of the evening through hands-on activities with MPM educators. Catch a thrilling show in our six-story dome theater, then guide your group through exhibits on a flashlight exploration. Finally, you'll be ready to "bed-down" for a night of rest in select exhibit areas.
For scout groups and families with children ages 6-12. Overnights begin at 6 p.m. on Friday evening and last until 8 a.m. the following morning.
Upcoming Themed Overnights
$47 per person, $37 for members, $42 for groups (10+ booked together, in advance).
May 15, 2015: Mysteries UnraveledMuseums are full mysteries waiting to be solved. Every year experts unravel new discoveries about ancient cultures, creatures, and the earth itself. During this unique overnight you'll help us explore mysteries we think we’ve solved, those we are working on, and some that continue to baffle us. All the fields of natural science and human history come together at the museum, and you’re invited experience them all!
June 19, 2015: For Your Eyes Only!*During this unique overnight adventure, our educators will show you objects from our collections not normally available for public viewing. You'll get the chance to examine fossils of your favorite dinosaurs, measure yourself against a Galapagos tortoise shell, and check out ancient Egyptian mummification artifacts. We’ve also created a special third floor flashlight tour with stops at objects and exhibits voted by our staff as their favorites.
July 24, 2015: Ancient WorldsA state of the art, interactive experience complete with mummies, King Tut and even a Roman charioteer awaits you during the first overnight to highlight our newest permanent exhibit gallery –- Crossroads of Civilization. During this great overnight, you'll learn how to wrap a mummy, and watch a special full-dome planetarium show that will take you back in space and time to see how ancient cultures viewed the night skies. Top off the evening with a flashlight tour of our third floor that will take you from the top of the world in the Arctic to furthest reaches of South America.
August 14, 2015: Mysteries UnraveledMuseums are full mysteries waiting to be solved. Every year experts unravel new discoveries about ancient cultures, creatures, and the earth itself. During this unique overnight you'll help us explore mysteries we think we’ve solved, those we are working on, and some that continue to baffle us. All the fields of natural science and human history come together at the museum, and you’re invited experience them all!
Please note that the Streets of Old Milwaukee will be closed during this overnight. The Streets of Old Milwaukee Reimagined will open in late Fall 2015.
*Kids attending our June 19 overnight will also receive a free book and activity packet thanks to Scholastic and the 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, which invites kids to read all summer long and help set a new world record for summer reading. This summer's theme is "Power Up & Read." To learn more, visit www.scholastic.com/summer.
Look for 2015-2016 dates to be announced in September!
Overnight packages include:
- Dome Theater show
- Educator-led activities
- Discovery hunts & self-guided flashlight exploration
- Light breakfast
- All-day Museum admission for Saturday
How to Register
1) Begin by downloading our Overnights FAQs and Packing List. After you become familiar with our policies, register by calling (414) 278-2728 or (888) 700-9069. Registrations for each date will be accepted up to two weeks prior to the program or until maximum enrollment is reached. We reserve the right to cancel any event that does not meet the minimum enrollment requirements.
2) Next, you will need to fill out the online Overnight Roster Form. This group/family roster form must be submitted online ONE MONTH prior to your event. All documentation is required for participation. Please go to www.mpm.edu/user to login and create a museum account or login to one you already created. After you have a user account, sign in and choose the tab “Overnights” and then click on the tab labeled “submit roster” and fill in the appropriate information. Please have your confirmation number, as you will need that to verify that you have registered and paid for your group (if you have multiple confirmation numbers, enter one of them).
We strongly encourage you to fill out our Overnight Roster Form online, but if you cannot do so, call 414-278-2714 to request paper forms or download our Code of Conduct & Roster Forms. Fill out these forms and return to us at least four weeks prior to your overnight date.
Overnight tickets are non-refundable, non-exchangeable. Overnight guests are responsible for maintaining the chaperone ratio of one adult for every five children and for ensuring the children in their group meet the age range policy of 6-12 year olds. We cannot make any exceptions to our age range policy. Overnight group/family leaders are responsible for returning their group participant forms four weeks prior to the overnight date.