Select dates; See below for details.

Times: Program begins at 5:30 on your selected date and runs until 9:30 the following morning.

Cost: $75 for youth, $60 for adults

Standard Night in the Museum Program

Night in the Museum is an overnight experience designed for scouts, schools and other youth groups of up to 80 participants. With only a map and a tattered journal at their side, young historians will travel back in time and take part in a mysterious, candlelit adventure through the 1830s. The quest will exercise their detective skills as they hunt for clues, conduct experiments, and investigate the past. Back at our hands-on learning laboratory, we will experiment with historic crafts to learn more about 19th-century life.

ALSO AVAILABLE:  Halloween (Phantoms by Firelight) and Christmas (Christmas by Candlelight) themed overnights, click here to learn more.

See a sample schedule in the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Pre-registration is required; see below for details.



Pricing is $75 for youth and $60 for adults.

Program fee includes:

Click here for badges that Night in the Museum may fulfill

Cub Scouts

Sky is the Limit 1
Stories in Shapes 1
Tiger Tales 7
Tiger Theater 5

Call of the Wild 1
Collections and Hobbies 3a

Bear Necessities 1a
Bear Picnic Basket 4

Art Explosion 1, 3b

Girl Scouts

Outdoor Adventurer steps 1 & 2
Potter steps 1, 3, & 4
Snacks step 3

Playing the Past steps 3 & 4
Simple Meals steps 1 & 4

New Cuisines step 3
Night Owl steps 2 & 4


Night in the Museum Overnights are available on the following dates.

Special Halloween and Christmas Overnights are also available – Learn more and see dates here

November 2, 2024 (Girl Scouts Only) | Click here to register

November 9, 2024 – 54 spaces remain! | Click here to register

November 16, 2024 – 30 spaces remain! | Click here to register

January 11, 2025 (Girl Scouts Only) – 70 spaces remain! | Click here to register

January 18, 2025 | Click here to register

January 25, 2025 | Click here to register

February 1, 2025 (Girl Scouts Only) | Click here to register

February 8, 2025 | Click here to register



February 15, 2025 | Click here to register

February 22, 2025 | Click here to register

March 1, 2025 | Click here to register

March 8, 2025 (Girl Scouts Only) | Click here to register

March 15, 2025 – 40 spaces remain! | Click here to register

March 22, 2025 | Click here to register

March 29, 2025 – SOLD OUT!

Special Holiday Overnights: Halloween & Christmas

Our special overnights allow participants to enjoy the exciting Halloween or Christmas programs at the Village! Click here to learn more.



Halloween Overnights Pricing is $75 for youth and $60 for adults

Christmas Overnights Pricing is $55 for youth and $45 for adults

Program fee includes:


Halloween Overnights

October 5, 2024 (Girl Scouts Only) | Click here to register

October 12, 2024 | Click here to register

October 19, 2024 – 63 spaces remain! | Click here to register

October 26, 2024 | Click here to register

Christmas Overnights

December 7, 2024 | Click here to register

December 14, 2024 | Click here to register

Other Important Information & Policies:

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I make reservations for the Night in the Museum program?

You can register online, but it is strongly recommended that you call us at 508-347-0276 or email [email protected] to check on overnight availability. Dates fill up fast!

2. How many chaperones do we have to bring for our overnight?

One adult is required for every five children. There is a one-to-one ratio for children under the age of 8.

3. What if our group does not meet the 36 person minimum?

Smaller groups are welcome to sign up for available overnight dates. If you are a scout group, friends and siblings are also welcome to attend. However, a date that does not meet the minimum of 36 people may be rescheduled. Small groups may be encouraged to join an overnight with available slots remaining.

4. Where do we send our completed registration forms?

Please mail your completed forms to: Old Sturbridge Village, Attn: Overnight Program, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566. You may also fax the forms to: 508-347-0263 or email them to [email protected].

5. What time (and where) does the program start and conclude?

Check in for the Night in the Museum program begins at 5:30 p.m. The program concludes at 9:30 a.m. the following day at our Museum Education building located on Old Sturbridge Village Road in Sturbridge, MA. Your program fee includes 2-days admission into the Village, so you may visit the Village the day of (and after!) the program. See the Village’s hours of operation here.


6. What does the overnight fee include? What does a typical schedule look like?

For standard Night in the Museum overnights, the fee includes:

For Phantoms by Fire overnights, the fee includes:

For Christmas by Candlelight overnights, the fee includes:

Sample Schedule (Standard Night in the Museum Program)

Evening Activities

5:30 pm: Arrival and check in

6:00: Brief group introduction in Lunch Room; divide into groups for evening activities

6:15–9:15: Evening activities: Interactive tours of the Village; hearth cooking and craft

9:15: Snack and overview of building rules and emergency procedures

9:30–10:30: Get ready for bed and free time

10:30: Lights out!

Morning activities

7:00 am: Lights on!

7:30: Head to breakfast at Bullard Tavern

7:40–8:15: Breakfast

8:20–8:45: Morning storytelling performance

9:00: Fill out evaluations and get patches; pack up belongings

9:30: Museum opens to guests!


7. If we want to enter Old Sturbridge Village prior to (or after) our overnight, how do we do that?

8. What are sleeping arrangements at the Museum Education Building like?

Sleeping areas are located within our unique Museum Education building. All areas have wood floors or industrial carpet. You will be placed in a sleeping area with some or all of your group, depending on your group’s size. With mixed-gender groups, children (and adults) may be separated by gender. Please let us know prior to the overnight if any of your participants have any special needs or require special accommodation.

9. What type of food is served during the program?

We do not offer dinner prior to the program.  We do however offer an evening snack and breakfast the following morning. The Museum Education building is not an allergen-free building. Participants with food allergies are encouraged to bring their own snacks.

10. May we bring our own food and beverages to the overnight / into the Museum?

Outside food and beverage is allowed in the Village, with the exception of alcoholic beverages. Outside food and beverage items must be consumed in designated eating areas. The Museum Education lunchroom may be used for your dinner prior to your overnight if you have made prior arrangements with us by calling 508-347-0276. There are several locations in the Sturbridge area for dining. Please visit for more information on dining options in the Sturbridge area.

11. Can our group camp outside?

Yes! There is space outside the Museum Education building for camping, as well as a fire pit. Arrangements for camping outside must be made in advance. Please contact us at [email protected] for details about camping overnights.

12. What if someone in our group cancels?

For program planning purposes, any changes in group numbers must be finalized three weeks prior to your overnight date.  After this, your reservations are non-refundable. Groups reducing their size after this cut-off must find replacements for those participants who cancel or cover their cost.

13. What if we need to increase our numbers after registering?

Sleeping space in the Museum Education Building is very limited. Please call (508) 347-0276 to inquire about increasing your numbers. OSV staff must be made aware of changes in your group’s numbers at least two weeks prior to your overnight date.

14. What time does the Village and shops open in the morning?

Old Sturbridge Village opens at 9:30 am. The Museum Gift Store opens at 9:30 am.

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