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Smithsonian Sleepover at the American History Museum Halloween Special

Adult/Child Family Program: Ages 8 to 12

Multi-Day Children & Family

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 7:00 p.m., to Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. ET
Code: 1P0658
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Solve a Smithsonian mystery of historic proportions in this special Halloween sleepover!

The devious diva Miss Rose has stolen six valuable objects from the National Museum of American History—and you need to discover what’s missing before evening’s end.

Become a detective and roam through the museum’s galleries. Use your cunning and skills to collect clues that guide you to the crime scene. Along the way, take part in some great games, experiments, and craft projects—and even become a presidential candidate.

After you have solved the crime, roll out your bag and sleep soundly knowing that you’ve protected some of America’s treasures—and had plenty of fun.

For this fall sleepover, celebrate Halloween by wearing a costume*.

Activities include:

  • An interactive exploration of various parts of the museum, including fun quizzes, puzzles, games, and challenges
  • Craft projects inspired by the exhibitions

Terms and conditions: By registering for this program, you are agreeing to the program rules; to have at least one adult present for every three children; and to submit a signed release form for each person in your group. Please note that only children ages 8 to 12 are allowed to attend.

Special Rates:

  • For Military Families: A reduced rate is available for active-duty U.S. military personnel and their families. Please call 202-633-3030 and mention Promo Code 240808 to receive Military Promotion pricing.
  • Reduced rates for groups of 20 people or more may be available. Please call 202-633-3030 for more information.

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Rules of conduct

Questions? Call us 202-633-3030 (M-F; 9-5) or email us at

*Smithsonian security has the following guidelines for costumes: no wearing masks or other items which obscure the face; no sharp or pointed objects, materials that may accidentally strike guests or exhibits; and no elements that resemble or could easily be mistaken for any actual weapon. For the safety and enjoyment of all guests, costumes should be child-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, or violent in nature. To alleviate confusion during crisis situations, we ask that adults not come in first-responder costumes.