These questions and answers will help you get the best out of your sleepover and prepare you for your night-time experience at the Museum.
What do we have to bring?
Please bring a sleeping bag, toothbrush and some clothes to sleep in (but not pyjamas). You may also want to bring a water bottle, a pillow and eye-shades for sleeping (some lighting is left on overnight). We provide sleeping mats, but you can bring your own. However for health and safety reasons we cannot allow any inflatable mats or mattresses.
Please note that items that need an electric plug are not permitted at the sleepovers. We strongly recommend that you do not bring things with you that are of financial or sentimental value.
Do we bring pyjamas?
No pyjamas are allowed. You should bring clothes that are suitable for sleeping in. This is a precaution in the unlikely event that we should need to evacuate the Museum during the night.
What will we sleep on?
We provide you with a thin foam camping mat, however you are welcome to bring your own. But, as stated above, we cannot allow any inflatable mats or mattresses.
Do we need to bring food?
A 3-course dinner and cooked breakfast is included with the ticket price so you should not need to bring food with you. Water will be served with dinner and other drinks will be available to purchase. Once you have booked your ticket, we will send you a menu and form that you must return to us to book your food choices for the evening.
Can I drink alcohol at the event?
There is no alcohol included in the ticket price for this event but responsible drinking is certainly permitted. There will be cash bars open in various locations around the Museum. You are not permitted to bring your own alcohol into the Museum and anybody considered to be acting irresponsibly may be refused service for alcohol or asked to leave the event at the discretion of Museum staff present on the evening.
When do we need to arrive?
Doors will open at 19.30 and you will enter via the main entrance on Cromwell Road. You’ll be given your camping mat on arrival and will need to set up your camp for the night. The event will begin at 20.30 with dinner in the Restaurant.
What is the schedule for the night?
19.30 – 20.30: Doors open, set up camp, drinks in the Restaurant
20.30 – 22.30: Dinner and Big Nature Quiz in the Restaurant
23.00 – 00.00: Stand up comedy OR Science show
00.00 – 1.00: Edible Insect tasting in the Restaurant OR life-drawing in the Darwin Centre
1.00 – 2.30: Special exhibitions open, live music and drinks in the Central Hall café, monster movie marathon begins in the Flett theatre
2.30 – 3.00: Get ready for bed and bedtime ghost stories in the Central Hall
3.00 – 7.00: Sleeping OR all-night monster movies in the Flett theatre
7.00 – 8.00: Lie-in or tea and coffee in the Restaurant
8.00 – 9.00: Cooked breakfast and quiz in the Restaurant.
9.00 – 9.30: Pack up camps and wave goodbye to Dippy, the Central Hall's Diplodocus.
How do we get to the Museum?
The nearest tube station is South Kensington (on the Piccadilly, District and Circle lines). There is limited street parking in the area. You can find directions on our Getting here page.
Can I bring children to Dino Snores for Grown-ups?
No. Dino Snores for Grown-ups is for those aged 18 and over only.
What if I need to cancel?
Once your booking is confirmed it can prove difficult for us to find a replacement booking if you are unable to attend. The following rules will therefore apply:
Who can I contact if I have more questions?
If you have more questions about the event, you can contact the Visitor Events team on +44 (0)20 7942 5589 or +44 (0)20 7942 6017.