Overnight Adventures & Pajama Nights


Families, school and homeschool groups, scout troops, and youth groups—bring your sleeping bags for a "camping" experience inside Carnegie Museum of Natural History! Each Overnight and Pajama Night includes hands-on experiences, exhibit space excursions, a sneak peek of scientific collections, and a snack.

Contact Program Registration at 412.622.3288 or ProgramRegistration@CarnegieMuseums.Org.

Please, to preserve our exhibits and collections, no outside food or drink. Contact us to discuss special dietary needs. Overnights and Pajama Nights include a light snack; please make sure participants have had their evening meal prior to arriving. Breakfast for Overnights includes cereal, milk, juice, muffins or mini donuts, bagels, fruit, coffee, and tea.

Private Overnights
Special overnights are available for individual groups—choose from any of the themes described in our brochures. Advance notice of at least eight weeks is required. Pricing begins at 75 participants; smaller groups pay the 75-person minimum. Maximum of 120 participants. Call us for more information.

Overnight Adventures


Must be at least 6 years old.

Friday, 7 p.m. to Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; orientation begins promptly at 7 p.m.

One adult for every 1–5 children (6 children=2 adults, etc.). Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult chaperone; adults must stay through entire overnight.

$35 per person, including chaperones, October-December 2013
$40 per person, including chaperones, January-April 2014
Fee includes a $10 non-refundable deposit due within 30 days of booking, and must be paid in full no later than one month in advance of the overnight.
Unpaid reservations may result in cancellation of a program. No refund will be granted for withdrawals made with less than thirty days’ notice.

Participants sleep on carpeted and tiled floors as a group. No tents or air mattresses are permitted; sleeping bags, pillows, and a sleeping pad work well. Please dress appropriately for community sleeping. Access to electrical outlets available for special needs.

Dinosaur Encounters | November 8 | December 6 | March 28
Travel back in time to explore Earth’s past by investigating the lifestyle and behavior of giants such as Dippy the Diplodocus to the first tiny mammals. No bones about it—this is your best opportunity to explore Dinosaurs in Their Time up close!

Mystery at the Museum | February 28
A mysterious event has occurred at the museum—fossils and artifacts have gone missing! Join us as an overnight detective using your sleuthing skills to explore the exhibits of the museum attempting to crack the case.

All-in-One Adventure | December 13 (SOLD OUT) | January 10 | February 21 | April 11
Explore the museum at night by going on a hands-on adventure of our amazing exhibitions and get a look at collections that are not normally on display. You’ll see it all in one amazing evening adventure!

Pajama Nights

Wear your PJs and try out our Pajama Nights without actually staying overnight!

2 to 8 years old.

Saturday, 5:30–8:30 p.m.

One adult for every child.

$25 per person, including chaperones. Fee includes a $10 non-refundable deposit in the event of withdrawal, and must be paid in full at time of registration. No refund will be granted for withdrawals made with less than thirty days’ notice.

Dinosaur Explorers and Friends! | January 18 | March 22
Experiment together as junior paleontologists and see how scientists gather insight into the lives of extinct animals. Learn anatomy while walking like some of Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s famed dinosaurs. Practice counting and looking for shapes and patterns in the skeletons of prehistoric animals.

Inclement Weather

Should hazardous conditions result in cancellation of programs, announcements will be made on television stations KDKA, WTAE, and WPXI.