Sleep Under the Stars


Spend a night at the Museum to learn valuable skills, earn special merit badges, have fun with friends and even make new ones. This unique overnight experience is the perfect adventure to challenge your troop 


  • $40 per attendee  
  • $30 per troop leader or chaperone 

Overnight Hours

  • Friday night at 7 p.m. to Saturday morning at 8 a.m. 
  • Doors open at 6:45pm. 

What to Pack

  • Sleeping bag, cot or small air mattress with pillows and blanket 
  • Pajamas 
  • Toiletries 

Explore Upcoming Overnight Experiences

Cub Scouts: Sky is the Limit

Up, up, and away! Take your troop on an all-night adventure full of special aerospace activities. Launch air-powered rockets, soar balsa wood planes and spend time with your friends.

  • Friday, May 3, 2024
  • Friday, November 1, 2024
  • Friday, November 15, 2024
  • Friday, December 13, 2024
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Boy Scouts: Aviation

Prepare for take-off – an exciting night of learning about aviation awaits. Join our crew for the four forces of flight, aeronautical charts and more while earning your aviation merit badge. 


Boy Scouts: Space Exploration

Earn your space exploration merit badge while learning about the history of space, launching rockets, making a lunar lander, and designing missions to distant planets. 

  • Saturday, April 27, 2024
  • Friday, December 6, 2024
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Boy Scouts: Engineering

Gear up for your engineering merit badge. Join us in designing machines and tools, building bridges and towers, and exploring the transformation of energy. 

  • Friday, October 11, 2024
  • Friday, November 8, 2024
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Boy Scouts: Robotics

Earn your robotics merit badge by joining us for our specially prepared robotics activities. Construct magnetic robots, explore a maze as a human computer and program Lego robots during this special overnight experience.  

  • Friday, October 18, 2024
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Girl Scouts: Solutioneering Night

*Solutioneering Night: Robotics and Engineering go hand in hand as we ignite your curiosity with robotics programming and the construction of rockets. Test your building skills as a human computer and finish the maze that your team has created! End your night under the iconic SR-71, engineered to reach a top speed of Mach 3!


Private Overnight Experience

Don’t see a date that works for you? Submit an inquiry into our private overnight experiences. After you submit your inquiry, someone from our Education team will reach out to you with more information!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Museum’s address?

28210 West Park Highway, Ashland, NE 68003

Is parking free?

Parking is available for you for free at the Museum. Passenger van and school bus parking lot are on the South end.

How do I register for an Overnight?

Where do we sleep?

You will be sleeping either under the SR-71 or on the upper level of the Museum. Further instructions on bed set up will be given during the Overnight. 

When do we set up camp?

Bedding and overnight bags can be checked in and left by the guest services desk by the front doors until beds are ready to be made.  

Are you prepared for the possibility of boys and girls attending the Overnight?

Yes. Boys and girls will participate in activities together, but when sleeping, there will be separate designated sleeping areas available. 

Can I arrive late?

If you plan to arrive late, please contact the education staff directly at  

Are we allowed to stay at the Museum on Saturday?

Yes, groups can stay all day following the overnight if they wish. Overnight registration includes admission into the Museum.  

Will the Gift Shop be open during the Overnight?

The gift shop will be open at 8:00am Saturday morning.  

Can siblings attend the Overnight?

Yes, siblings are welcome to attend the Overnight at the same cost as the participant.

What happens if an Overnight gets canceled?

In the case of inclement weather or a program not meeting participation minimums, there will be an opportunity for groups to reschedule or be refunded.   

How fast do Overnights fill up?

Overnights are extremely popular and are on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Is there a minimum amount of people a group needs to bring to register for an overnight?

No, there is no minimum number needed to register for an Overnight. The minimum number for the Overnight to proceed is 75 participants in total.

My group registered already, and now I have more registrations to add, how do I add more registrations?

Please contact the Education Team directly at 

My group registered already, and now I do not have that many people attending, how do I change my registration?

Overnight registrations are final. No refunds will be given, as this money is used to purchase the necessary resources.  

Can I come only for the activities and not spend the night?

Yes, you can come for only the activities and not spend the night. Please let a team member know before you leave so they can let you out of the building. 

If there is an emergency in the middle of the night and I need to leave early, can I?

Yes. Please make sure you notify the Museum staff working, as they are the only ones able to let you out of the building. Further instructions for this will be given during your stay. 

Have other questions about our overnight experiences?

Feel free to contact us today.