Sleepover at the National Archives


Register now for 2017

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

Upcoming dates: February 4, 2017; October 14, 2017
Time: 6:30pm Saturday until 8:30am Sunday
Location: National Archives Museum, Washington, DC
Price: $125 per attendee; $100 for Foundation members
Ages: children 8-12 years old; chaperones must be 21+ (adults must be accompanied by a child)

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.


During the event kids ages 8-12 along with their adults will become superhero citizens, meet heroes from history, learn the power and responsibility of government and its citizens, sleep in the Rotunda near the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and make memories to last a lifetime.

National Archives Rotunda Sleepover; Photo by Ashley Somawang

Guests also will be treated to movies in the museum’s William G. McGowan Theater before turning in for the night, and will enjoy breakfast – with pancakes flipped by Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero! – and more activities the next morning, including chocolate history demonstrations led by Mars Chocolate History Ambassadors.


National Archives Rotunda Sleepover; Photo by Jeffrey ReedSaturday
6:30-7pm: Check-in
7:15-7:35pm: Orientation
7:45-10:10pm: Activities in the National Archives Museum
10:15-10:45pm: Get ready for bed
11pm: Lights out!

7:15-8:30am: Breakfast
7:30-9am: Shopping in the National Archives Store and historic chocolate demonstrations led by Mars Chocolate History Ambassadors
8-8:30am: Group activity
9am: Time to say goodbye…

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History, Heroes & Treasures is supported by the National Archives Foundation; John Hancock; Susan Gage Catering; and American Heritage® Chocolate. Chocolate history demonstrations led by Mars Chocolate History Ambassadors.