Adults roam free on this night at the museum

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Adults roam free on this night at the museum

In New York, elsewhere, slumber parties are a hit
Visitors at the American Museum of Natural History prepare to spend the night under the blue whale exhibit in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life during the adult-only sleepover on June 22 in New York. The event became so popular that other science centers around the U.S. followed suit. Aquariums and museums in cities such as Atlanta, Milwaukee and Portland, Oakland, have hosted their own pajama parties for grown-ups.
Marine biologist John Karavias, right, shows visitors the anatomy of a sea star at the American Museum of Natural History during the adult-only sleepover. “When you go to these at night, all the background noise is quieted down and you’re able to digest the science behind everything that you’re looking at,” Karavias says.
Michael Nedell, center, eats dinner in the Hall of the Universe at the adult-only sleepover at the American Museum of Natural History. Nedell, 53, recalled how he used to be afraid of the 94-foot-long blue whale exhibit that hangs from the ceiling of the Hall of Ocean Life. “When I was younger, that blue whale freaked me out. I’d been scared of (it) until I grew into a teenager,” he said. “Now, I get to sleep under her.”
Visitors sleep under the light of dioramas during the adult-only sleepover at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. It started out as an event for kids, but in 2014, the museum allowed people 21 and up to explore its darkened exhibit halls.
If you go

AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY: Central Park West and 79th Street, New York. Adult sleepovers are offered several times a year. The next one is Sept. 21, $350 per person.

ELSEWHERE: Other science centers and institutions also organize adult slumber parties. New York’s Bronx Zoo provides tents for camping on its grounds. The Science Museum of Minnesota will hold a Zombie Adult Camp-in Oct. 26. The Chabot Space Science Center in Oakland, California, will host adults in August to view the Perseids meteor shower.

Adults roam free on this night at the museum

Visitors at the American Museum of Natural History prepare to spend the night under the blue whale exhibit in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life during the adult-only sleepover on June 22 in New York. The event became so popular that other science centers around the U.S. followed suit. Aquariums and museums in cities such as Atlanta, Milwaukee and Portland, Oakland, have hosted their own pajama parties for grown-ups.
Marine biologist John Karavias, right, shows visitors the anatomy of a sea star at the American Museum of Natural History during the adult-only sleepover. “When you go to these at night, all the background noise is quieted down and you’re able to digest the science behind everything that you’re looking at,” Karavias says.
Michael Nedell, center, eats dinner in the Hall of the Universe at the adult-only sleepover at the American Museum of Natural History. Nedell, 53, recalled how he used to be afraid of the 94-foot-long blue whale exhibit that hangs from the ceiling of the Hall of Ocean Life. “When I was younger, that blue whale freaked me out. I’d been scared of (it) until I grew into a teenager,” he said. “Now, I get to sleep under her.”
Visitors sleep under the light of dioramas during the adult-only sleepover at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. It started out as an event for kids, but in 2014, the museum allowed people 21 and up to explore its darkened exhibit halls.

Adults roam free on this night at the museum

Monica Seebohm, left, and Renee Brown explore the Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs in their Tyrannosaurus rex onesies during the adult-only sleepover at the American Museum of Natural History. “We like to dress for the occasion,” Seebohm said.

Adults roam free on this night at the museum

Janine Agarwal, right, stands next to a 122-foot-long model of Patagotitan mayorum, a giant herbivore dinosaur that lived in Argentina 100 million years ago, during the adult-only sleepover at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. She attended the event to celebrate her husband’s birthday.

Adults roam free on this night at the museum

Giancarlo and Cheryl Bruni look at a fish tank in the Unseen Oceans exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History during the adult-only sleepover in New York. It started out as an event for kids, but in 2014, the museum allowed people 21 and up to explore its darkened exhibit halls.
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