Culture Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In  

Elise Hennigan
169 votes 40 voters 34 items

List Rules Vote up the museums that you'd love to stay in overnight, Night at the Museum-style!

Museums are some of the only places in the world where you can freely wander and look at incredibly ancient, important, and influential artifacts. All it takes is the price of admission. Museums are obviously very accessible, but at the same time they hold so many secrets - all of the doorways (and entire wings!) that you're not allowed to enter, all the things you're not allowed to touch. What if you could somehow stay at one of the best museums after it closes and do whatever you please? Imagine walking around with a flashlight and seeing all of the things the public can't see? If you could stay overnight in a museum, which one would you pick? 

What museums would be fun to sleep in? Art lovers may want a night getting up close and personal with some Van Gogh or Picasso in the Museum of Modern Art or the Art Institute of Chicago. Or maybe you'd choose to sleep outdoors on the living roof of the California Academy of Sciences. If you prefer smaller, quirkier locations, you could spend an entire night cursing your enemies with a Voodoo priestess at The Voodoo Museum in New Orleans.

If you could sleep in a museum, which one would you pick. Make your choice below! Browse the list and vote up the ones that sound like fun to you!

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Museum of Modern Art is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
Museum of Modern Art New York City, New York, USA

It's one of the best museums around and - not to mention - home to a pretty extensive kitchen you can raid during the late night hours. 

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The Louvre is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
The Louvre Paris, France

Can you imagine staring at the Mona Lisa up close all night without interruption? Maybe you'd be able to tell us all what her expression is really saying. Also, the Lourve is way too massive to see in one visit, so staying overnight would give you a shot of taking it all in. 

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum Downtown Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio

When guards aren't around, what's stopping you from breaking the no touching rule? You could play dress up in Beyonce's "Single Ladies" leotard, James Brown’s tuxedo coat, Neil Young’s fringed leather jacket, and Joe Walsh’s high-school football jersey!

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Smithsonian Institution is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
Smithsonian Institution

With an estimated 150 million objects, works, and specimens to see, you'd pretty much have to stay overnight to take it in. Imagine an evening spent gazing at the Hope Diamond or chilling with the live butterflies housed within this museum's walls? 

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Getty Center is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
Getty Center California, USA

Not only is the Getty Center an art museum, it's also just a fascinating piece of architecture overall. You could pretend that it's your own fabulous estate.

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California Academy of Sciences is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
California Academy of Sciences California, USA

The Academy of Sciences in San Francisco is known for its evening events. Imaging if you could hide away, stay overnight, and watch the stars from their famous living roof!

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International Spy Museum is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
International Spy Museum Washington, D.C., USA

The wee hours of the night seem like a perfect time to hone your espionage skills. Immerse yourself in the 68,000-square-feet of hands-on exhibits devoted to the tricks of spies throughout history.

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American Museum of Natural His... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
American Museum of Natural History New York City, New York, USA

Night at the Museum made it look fun enough. Imagine spending the night with fossils, dioramas, ancient artifacts, and more! 

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Field Museum of Natural Histor... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
Field Museum of Natural History Chicago, Illinois, USA

Because sleeping surrounded by dinosaur bones sounds awesome. (And the Field Museum will actually allow you to sleep there! You have to be under 12 years old though.)

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The Museum of Jurassic Technol... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
The Museum of Jurassic Technology Los Angeles, CA

This museum is such a mix of weird, confusing, and fascinating - once described as a "museum about museums" - that it might take you all night to figure out what is actually going on as you peruse exhibits, specimens, and displays of varying factual accuracy.  

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British Museum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
British Museum London Borough of Camden, London, United Kingdom

Practice your language skills all night with the actual Rosetta Stone! Not to mention cat mummies, 12th century chess pieces, and Easter Island statues... 

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Vatican Museums is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
Vatican Museums Vatican City

You'd surely sleep in the Sistine Chapel (officially part of The Vatican Museums) and stare straight up at the ceiling all night.

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Paley Center for Media is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
Paley Center for Media Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California

Formerly known as the Museum of Television and Radio, you could spend all night in the museum's computer library watching old television broadcasts. 

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Metropolitan Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City, New York, USA

It's one of the world's largest and prestigious museums and it would take at least 24 hours to see it all. (Plus if you read From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler as a kid, you know that this would be your first choice.) 

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Art Institute of Chicago is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, Illinois, USA

Home to some of the most well known art work out there - with works by Van Gogh, Georgia O'Keefe, and Picasso - a night perusing the aisles would be great for any art lover. 

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Museo Nacional Del Prado is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
Museo Nacional Del Prado Madrid, Spain

Imagine having the chance to look at pieces of European art from the 12th century up close and personal, with no one around to keep you behind the rope barriers. 

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National Air and Space Museum is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
National Air and Space Museum Southwest, Washington, D.C.

With no one to enforce the no touching rule, the sky is the limit! Climb into the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flyer, the Apollo Lunar Module, or Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis. Now THAT is a profile pic.

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The Guggenheim is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
The Guggenheim New York City, New York

Even if you're not into contemporary art, you could still have the most epic game of tag around that spiral ramp

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Acropolis Museum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
Acropolis Museum Athens, Greece

If you like ancient history, it'd be hard to beat a night spent in this modern museum that overlooks the ancient Acropolis archeological site.

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Adler Planetarium is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
Adler Planetarium Chicago, Illinois, USA

While you could gaze at the stars overnight in real life, why do that when you can set up your own private simulated display that points out planets, constellations, and more? 

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The Niteroi Contemporary Art M... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
The Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This saucer-shaped museum hovers over the sea on a cliff. Those views! Plus you could pretend to be the UFO captain.

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Van Gogh Museum is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam, Netherlands

Van Goghs up close. As far as the eye can see. All night.

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The Voodoo Museum is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
The Voodoo Museum New Orleans, LA

If you can convince the on-site voodoo priestess to stay all night long, you're in for a unique experience. Think of all the spells you could cast!

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Museum of the Weird is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
Museum of the Weird Austin, TX

You could look at the museum's shrunken heads, one-eyed pigs, and mermaids up close so you could really decide if they are real.

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Dalí Theatre and Museum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
Dalí Theatre and Museum

Let time melt away in this museum in Salvador Dali's home town. Dali is buried in the crypt underneath the museum - so if you're afraid of ghosts, you may not actually sleep at all.

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Te Papa is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
Te Papa Wellington, NZ

This interactive museum in Wellington, NZ would allow you to channel your inner child and play all night long. You could hang out in the Earthquake House and practice what you'd do when the big one hits. 

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Alexandria National Museum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
Alexandria National Museum Alexandria, Egypt

Housed in an Italian-style mansion that was once a U.S. consulate, this museum holds 1,800 Egyptian artifacts that you could play with all night long - jewelry, weapons, statues, glassware, and more. Just think of the photo ops!

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National Baseball Hall of Fame... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Cooperstown, New York, USA

If you're a baseball fan, there'd be nothing cooler than staying there and soaking in all of that greatness.

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Museum of Broken Relationships is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
Museum of Broken Relationships Zagreb, Croatia

If you're the type who likes to listen to sad songs when you're hurting, staying in this museum - which pays homage to broken relationships - would be perfect for you, you masochist.

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National Museum of Anthropolog... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
National Museum of Anthropology Mexico City, Mexico

Stare at the stone Aztec calendar - and other relics from ancient civilizations - all night long and ponder all of the humans who came before you.

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Hermitage Museum is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
Hermitage Museum Saint Petersburg, Russia

It's one of the oldest museums in the world and it houses 3 million treasures. Think of all the fun you could have looking through royal Russian possessions and more. 

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The James Turrell Museum at Co... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
The James Turrell Museum at Colomé

If you're a fan, you know that Turrell's work is all about light and space. Now imagine sleeping in pure darkness and waking up as the day's first light starts to fill the room. 

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Sir John Soane's Museum is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
Sir John Soane's Museum City of Westminster, London, United Kingdom

Simply because it's packed to the gills with so many treasures, you'd need all night to take in all the paintings, drawings, and antiques housed within its walls. 

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National Archives Building is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
National Archives Building Washington, D.C., USA

Spend the night poring over the actual Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence.