Sleepovers

*Please note that museum sleepovers are not currently available due to COVID-19.

Public Sleepovers

Interested in having your group participate in a museum sleepover?  Join us after hours for an exciting night of exploration with a special themed sleepover planned especially for you that is full of hands-on programs led by experienced museum educators. All sleepovers consist of a themed program, pizza dinner, evening snack, continental breakfast, certificate, and a 10% discount at our amazing gift shop.

Times & Dates
6:30 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday

Fees & Registration
Minimum fee of $675 ($45 x minimum of 15), each additional participant is $45.  One chaperone for every five children is complimentary.  Each additional adult is $15.  A non-refundable deposit of $25, together with a signed group agreement, is required 30 days prior to the visit.  Full payment, as well as signed permission and medical forms are due seven business days prior to the event.

Please call (276)634-4187 or email us at  discover@vmnh.virginia.gov to register.  Pre-registration is required.  Sleepover details and a confirmation form will be mailed.

Program Themes

  • Who Stole the Fossil?
  • Mad Scientist
  • Paleontological Exploration
  • Science in Action
  • Museum Discovery
  • Starry Night
  • CSI: Sleepover!

Scout Sleepovers

After everyone has gone home and the doors have been closed for the evening, join us for an exciting night of exploration. Scouts can work on badge requirements through hands-on programs led by our experienced educators.  Scout sleepovers consist of a badge (or theme) program, pizza dinner, evening snack, continental breakfast, sleepover patch/certificate, and a 10% discount at our amazing gift shop.  (Note:  Due to time constraints, some requirements may not be completed.  We will discuss which requirements can be completed before your arrival.)

Times & Dates
Friday or Saturday 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Fees & Registration
Minimum fee of $675 ($45 x minimum of 15 scouts), each additional scout is $45. One chaperone is required for every five scouts and is complimentary.  Each additional adult is $15.  A non-refundable deposit of $25, together with a signed group agreement, is required 30 days prior to the visit.  Full payment, as well as signed permission and medical forms are due seven business days prior to the event.

Please call (276)634-4187 or e-mail us at discover@vmnh.virginia.gov to register.  Pre-registration is required. Sleepover details and a confirmation form will be mailed.

Cub Scout Required Adventures

Wolf

  • Elective: Air of the Wolf
  • Elective: Code of the Wolf
  • Elective: Collections and Hobbies
  • Elective: Digging in the Past
  • Elective: Motor Away
  • Elective: Spirit of the Water

Bear

  • Elective: Make It Move
  • Elective: Robotics
  • Elective: Super Science

Webelos

  • Elective: Adventures in Science
  • Elective: Earth Rocks!
  • Elective: Engineer
  • Elective: Into the Wild
  • Elective: Into the Woods

Boy Scout Badges

  • Archaeology
  • Bird Study
  • Collections
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Geocaching
  • Geology
  • Insect Study
  • Indian Lore
  • Inventing
  • Mammal Study
  • Nature
  • Oceanography
  • Plant Science
  • Reptile & Amphibian Study
  • Robotics
  • Soil and Water Conservation

Girl Scout Badges

Brownie

  • Home Scientist
  • Inventor
  • Naturalist / Bugs
  • Senses / Investigation

Junior

  • Animal Habitats
  • Gardner
  • Geocacher
  • Naturalist / Flowers

Cadette

  • Animal Helpers
  • Naturalist / Trees
  • Night Owl
  • Special Agent

Senior

  • Naturalist / Sky
  • Science of Style
  • Voice of Animals

Ambassador

  • Naturalist / Water

Badge Program Registration

Programs are conducted either on a Saturday or any weekday that schools are closed. Workshops are 1.5 to 3 hours in length depending on the topic and are held at local parks, state parks, or at the Museum. Typically, our fee schedule is as follows:

  • 1.5 hour program - minimum payment of $56, each additional scout is $7.  1 adult per 10 scouts is complimentary, $3 for each additional adult.  A non-refundable deposit of $25 is required seven days prior to visit.
  • 3 hour program - minimum payment of $112, each additional scout is $14.  1 adult per 10 scouts is complimentary, $3 for each additional adult.  A non-refundable deposit of $25 is required seven days prior to visit.

One or two scout leaders are requested to stay and assist the Museum educator. To register for a program or for more information, call (276)634-4187 or e-mail us at discover@vmnh.virginia.gov

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Please Visit Us Soon

Hours:

Friday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Closed all other days

Admission:

$10 for ages 18-59
$5 for ages 3-17, seniors 60+, and college students
FREE for children under 3, museum members, and members of ASTC participating institutions

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