The American Museum of Natural History in New York has been allowing kids to attend their Night At The Museum sleepover program for years, and they’ve finally extended an invitation to adults for a night. Yes, please!
On Friday, August 1, grownups can enjoy a night of booze, music, good food and behind-the-scenes tours before retiring to sleeping bags underneath the giant suspended whale in the museum’s Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Guests will be greeted with a champagne reception with music by the 12th Night Jazz trio and will be served a three-course dinner. Attendees can also roam the empty Museum halls and even go on a flashlight tour. One of the museum’s curators will be on hand to offer a special presentation of The Power of Poison exhibition, and there will be a midnight showing of the Dark Universe Space Show, narrated by Neil de Grasse Tyson, in the planetarium.
Just like Girl Scout camp or a middle school slumber party, guests are asked to bring sleeping bags, toothbrushes, pillows and change for the vending machines. Oddly enough, pajamas are not allowed — perhaps to ward off any sexytime temptation? Lest we forget, this is the very museum where Ross and Rachel from “Friends” got it on (something about all those life-size mammoth and caveman figurines must give off a naughty vibe or something). The evening was capped at 150 people and sold out almost immediately despite its $375 price tag (a night like this is a worthy investment), but I’m clinging to the hope that this dream sleepover will be hosted again many more times in the future.