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Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In  

Elise Hennigan
210 votes 44 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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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
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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The Louvre is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
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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Museum of Modern Art is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
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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Smithsonian Institution is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In

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
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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British Museum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
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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California Academy of Sciences is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
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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Field Museum of Natural Histor... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
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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Vatican Museums is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
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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American Museum of Natural His... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
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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International Spy Museum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
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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The Museum of Jurassic Technol... is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Museo Nacional Del Prado is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
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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Acropolis Museum is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Paley Center for Media is listed (or ranked) 15 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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The Niteroi Contemporary Art M... is listed (or ranked) 16 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.

17
Van Gogh Museum is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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

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Metropolitan Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
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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Dalí Theatre and Museum is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Art Institute of Chicago is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
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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Alexandria National Museum is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Te Papa is listed (or ranked) 22 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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National Air and Space Museum is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
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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Museum of Broken Relationships is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Hermitage Museum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Museums You Most Want to Stay Over Night In
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.