Family Overnight

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans cordially invites all families with children aged 7–12 to join us for an exciting pajama party at the Museum.

Our 2018 Family Overnight was a great success! Families from all over the Gulf South joined The National WWII Museum in hands-on activities, games, and exhibit exploration. See the schedule below to learn about all the fun we had!

Check back here for more information about our 2019 family events!


4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.   Pick up Beyond All Boundaries tickets at the Solomon Victory Theater ticket desk*
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.   View Beyond All Boundaries*
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.   Registration and stowing of belongings in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion
6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.   Orientation and icebreaker activity
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.   Hands-on activities throughout exhibits
10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.   Camp set-up, joke-telling contest, and icebreaker activity wrap-up
11:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.   Late-night movie
1:00 a.m.   Lights out for all participants
6:30 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.   Reveille and continental breakfast
7:00 a.m.   Pack-up and go home

*Beyond All Boundaries is included in your Family Overnight purchase, but it is not mandatory for participation. Those who wish to opt out of the film may arrive at the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion at 6:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please email Baylie Albus at

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the price per family for the Family Overnight?

The Family Overnight is $160 per family for Museum Members and $215 per family for nonmembers.

What is considered a family for the family pricing?

A family includes two adults and accompanying children or grandchildren between ages 7 – 12.

In which Museum building will the Family Overnight take place?

The Family Overnight activities will take place in three of the five National WWII Museum campus buildings. Camp will be set up in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion.

Can I purchase a ticket at the door?

No. Only those who are registered in advance and are confirmed by the Museum will be allowed to participate in the Overnight.

Where do we park?

You can park in the Museum’s Parking Garage located at 1024 Magazine Street. Do not park in the parking lot adjacent to the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion (that belongs to the CAC).

Where do we check in?

If you plan to view the 5:00 p.m. showing of Beyond all Boundaries, please pick up your tickets at the Solomon Victory Theater will call desk no later than 4:45 p.m. All Family Overnight guests should report to the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion no later than 6:30 p.m. to check in and drop off sleeping bags.

What are the hours of the program?

If you plan to view the 5:00 p.m. showing of Beyond all Boundaries, please arrive no later than 4:45 p.m. Check-in will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the Family Overnight will end at 7:00 a.m. on the following Sunday.

Do I have to bring children to attend?

Yes, the Family Overnight is designed for children ages 7 – 12.

Must I bring only my own children?

We encourage you to bring your children, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, but we do require a minimum of one adult for every three children registered.

How many children may I register?

You may register as many children ages 7 – 12 as you wish, but we do require a minimum of one adult register for every three children attending.

What about security? Will someone from the Museum be staying with us?

For the safety of all our overnighters, The National WWII Museum provides security staff. In addition, several Museum staff members stay overnight.

Will you serve dinner?

No, eat dinner before you arrive. Everyone will receive a PX ration card good for free snacks during the evening; additional snacks can be purchased for $1 each. Complimentary popcorn will be served during the movies. In the morning we will serve a light breakfast of doughnuts, muffins, milk, juice, and coffee. No alcohol will be served or allowed.

Can we bring our own food and drink?

No, outside food and drink is not allowed.

What should we bring?

Bring sleeping gear: bags, pillows, sleeping pads, cots, or small inflatable mattresses, PJs, basic toiletries, and a change of clothes if desired. We will be sleeping on a hard floor in our air-conditioned Louisiana Memorial Pavilion. Cameras and video cameras are allowed (with no flash allowed in the exhibits). No pocket knives or radios please. Teddy bears optional. You are responsible for your possessions.

What about bathrooms?

Boys and girls bathrooms are available throughout the night. There are no shower facilities.

What will we be doing?

After arrival, check-in, and welcome, families will be participating in a series of fun hands-on activities. Families move between activities at their own pace. Following activity time, we will have a brief group activity and corny joke telling.

Have a corny joke? Get up on stage and tell us! At 10:00 p.m., everyone makes camp in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion.

Can we stay up all night / Do we have to stay up all night?

A late-night movie runs from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. for those who want to stay up. The wake-up call will take place at 6:30 a.m. Remember, chaperones must stay with children throughout the night.

Will activities be provided on Sunday morning?

No, the Family Overnight will end promptly after breakfast is over. The Museum will be closed on Sunday morning so staff members can clean up before the 9:00 a.m. opening.

Will the Museum Store be open?

Sorry, the Museum Store will close at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and will not reopen until 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.

What is the responsibility of a chaperone?

Children must be accompanied by their adult chaperone for all activities and presentations, as well as while sleeping in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion.

Will we receive a refund if we do not attend the Family Overnight?

Refunds will not be issued for non-attendance.

Additional questions? Email Baylie Albus at