The idea of sleeping overnight in a museum is a strangely irresistible one, having been explored in everything from The Royal Tenenbaums and From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler to the Night At The Museum franchise. For the most part, however, those museum all-nighters have been reserved for kids, and/or Ben Stiller. That will change this September when Milwaukee Public Museum hosts its first adult sleepover, open to anyone over the age of 21 who thrills at the idea of nuzzling next to those hidden snake buttons.

On Friday, September 23, beginning at 6:30 p.m., MPM will give museum campers a chance to “experience the Museum as you’ve never seen it before with exciting tours, curator chats, films in our 6-story dome theater, and the freedom to have your ideal museum evening.” Appetizers, two drink tickets, late night snacks, special exhibit-based programming, and a next-morning continental breakfast with a mimosa will be provided. All three floors of the museum will be open for midnight exploring. The total number of guests will range between 75 and 120 people. The magic/adventure/magical adventure ends Saturday, September 24, at 9 a.m.

Tickets are $115 per person, $110 per person in groups of 10 or more, or $90 for MPM members. Registration for (required) reservations ends Friday, September 9. More information can be found at

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Matt Wild
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In his spare time, Matt Wild enjoys collecting 8-bit Nintendo games (emulation is for creeps) and fondly remembering the time Milwaukee weatherman Vince Condella caused a stir at his Catholic grade school by showing up with an earring. He lives on Milwaukee's East Side.