Sleepover at the National Archives


Upcoming sleepovers: August 2 and October 18, 2014

Registration for these events will open in mid-May. Check this webpage often for updates or sign up for our newsletter below to be notified when registration opens. Learn the latest about our sleepovers and all of our events by following us  on Facebook and Twitter!

National Archives Rotunda Sleepover

Have you ever wondered what happens in a museum after the building closes and the lights go out? Now’s your chance!

Join us for a special sleepover at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, and spend the night next to America’s most precious treasures: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

Featuring exciting activities, historical visitors, and educational demonstrations (and maybe even pancakes made by the Archivist of the United States!), you’ll have the chance to delve into the rich holdings of the National Archives and discover some little-known stories. After a long night of exploring, you’ll be ready to roll out your sleeping bag and sleep in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, right next to the documents that founded our nation.

National Archives Rotunda SleepoverThis event is open to children 8-12 years old, with at least one adult per group of four children. The event typically starts in the evening on Saturday, through 9 a.m. on Sunday, before the Museum opens again to the public.

See photos from the first-ever sleepover at the National Archives on Facebook and Flickr!

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Sleepovers at the National Archives are supported by the Foundation for the National Archives.