GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When night descends on the Florida Museum of Natural History, where does Megalodon hunt? What makes a glyptodont sleepy? And what happens when museum visitors stay after hours?

Find out what lurks in the cave and what goes on in the Calusa hut when the lights go down at “Overnight at the Museum,” a Florida Museum sleepover on Saturday, Sept. 12.

The museum’s permanent exhibits will be open for exploration. Crafts and other activities, including a flashlight mystery hunt, are planned to spark the imaginations of museum explorers young and old.

“Overnight at the Museum is going to be an adventure-filled party that will let participants experience the Florida Museum in an extraordinary way,” said education assistant Tiffany Ireland. “While we’re not anticipating any epic battles and angry Huns, as Ben Stiller encounters in ‘Night at the Museum,’ we still have plenty of thrills planned.”

The action-packed night includes quiet time and a movie before lights out. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing and bring a sleeping bag or air mattress. A jacket or sweater is also recommended. Late-night snacks and a continental breakfast will be served.

“Overnight at the Museum” begins at 7 p.m. (check-in at 6:45 p.m.) and ends at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 13. Admission is $40 for a member parent/child pair and $50 for a non-member parent/child pair. Additional guests are $20 each (members and non-members). There is a registration maximum of three children per adult.

Online registration is now available and participants are encouraged to register early because space is limited. Register and receive a survival guide by calling 352-273-2061 or by visiting

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Source: Tiffany Ireland, 352-273-2061,
Writer: Kelly Donovan
Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054,