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"Sleepover with the Sharks" is one of two overnights the museum offers. (iStockphoto)

Nights at the Museums

You don't have to be Ben Stiller to spend the night behind the scenes at a museum

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And, she added, "It was absolutely cheaper than a hotel and they feed you. We factored that in."

Cultural institutions that offer overnights:

The Children's Museum
West Hartford, Conn.
860-231-2830
For children in first through sixth grades
$30 per person
Activities are based on themes such as "Building Zone" and "Underwater Web." Take self-guided safari tours in the wildlife sanctuary, participate in two science workshops, use telescopes to view the stars (weather permitting) and see a planetarium show.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Pittsburgh, Pa.
412-622-3289
For families and children's groups
$35
A pizza party is followed by eight activities tied to themes such as "Nighttime on the Nile," "CSI & DNA" and "Dino-ROAR."

Sen. John Heinz History Center
Pittsburgh, Pa.
412-454-6000
For children with adults
$35
Starts this spring. Meet costumed re-enactors of George Washington and Meriwether Lewis, who embarked on his historic exploration of the West from Pittsburgh. See late-night moves and the stars from the fifth-floor deck.

COSI (Center of Science and Industry)
Columbus, Ohio
614-228-2674
For children in third through sixth grades
$37 per person
After dinner, participate in workshops that connect to museum exhibits, see a film on the seven-story-tall movie screen, and participate in "Dance Mania."

Wisconsin Maritime Museum
Manitowoc, Wisc.
920-684-0218
For groups of 20 people more than 6 years old
$39 per person
Sleep aboard a World War II submarine. Tour parts of the sub closed to normal tours and visit the museum.

Honolulu Zoo
Honolulu, Hawaii
808-971-7171
For anyone at least 4 years old
$50 per person ($40 for members)
Eat a buffet dinner, and then take guided walking tours of the zoo at night. Have s'mores around a campfire before sleeping in tent or under the stars.

Museum of Science, Boston
Boston, Mass.
617-589-0350
Open to schools and organizations for children in first through sixth grades
$45 per person
Participate in workshops that explore science, see "Lightning!" in Theater of Electricity, and sleep beneath a dinosaur.

Buffalo Museum of Science
Buffalo, N.Y.
716-896-5200
For children and adults
$50 for one adult and one child ($45 for members)
The program emulates "Night at the Museum" by letting guests help close up the museum through activities and scavenger hunt.

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