Sleepover at the National Archives

National Archives Rotunda Sleepover; Photo by Ashley Somawang

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

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A night of adventure awaits at the National Archives! 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 explore our nation’s treasured records, meet author Kathleen Krull and comic book artist Carolyn Belefski, sleep in the Rotunda near the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and make memories to last a lifetime.

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 – including pancakes flipped by Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero! – and more activities the next morning.


National Archives Rotunda Sleepover; Photo by Jeffrey ReedUpcoming dates:
 February 4, 2017October 14, 2017

Time: 6:30pm Saturday until 8:30am Sunday

LocationNational Archives Museum, Washington, DC

Price: $125 per attendee; $100 for Foundation members

Ages: recommended for children 8-12 years old; chaperones must be 21+ (adults must be accompanied by a child)

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