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Wandering through galleries is not to be missed, but sometimes you want a little bit more action – like sleeping beneath the skeleton of a great blue whale or descending into an old coal mine.

Sleepover at the Natural History Museum, London, England
Yes, dreams can come true. If you’ve ever wanted to experience your very own “Night at the Museum,” Dino Snores for Adults is your chance to learn what really happens at night in one of London’s most iconic museums. Featuring tours around the exhibits, a three-course dinner, live music, edible insect tasting, alcoholic beverages, and an all-night movie marathon, you won’t want to fall asleep in the stunning Hintze Hall. Tickets sell quickly, so book in advance.

Wouldn't you want to wander these halls at night?

Wouldn't you want to wander these halls at night?

Go to jail at Tolbooth Prison, Aberdeen, Scotland
Visiting the Tolbooth Prison takes you back in time to life in a 17th century Scottish “gaol.” Wander through darkened cells, listening to the cries of prisoners, and see the original blade of Aberdeen’s 17th century guillotine.

Play games at the Science and Media Museum, Bradford, England
Who knew learning could be so much fun? Go back in time and play original versions of Pac-Man, Super Mario and Space Invaders in the free, permanent Games Lounge. Experience the evolution of digital gaming as you compete on original arcade machines and on some of the most popular consoles that have been released since 1972.

Indulge nostalgia in the Games Lounge. Image from: The Science and Media Museum

Indulge nostalgia in the Games Lounge. Image from: The Science and Media Museum

Ride the Mail Rail at The Postal Museum, London, England
The London Underground is cool but we’ve found another subterranean train worth riding. Journey beneath London’s streets on the Mail Rail – a 100-year-old underground train ride that takes riders into the former engineering depot of the Postal Service.

Go underground and ride a different kind of train. Photo by: Miles Willis

Go underground and ride a different kind of train. Photo by: Miles Willis

Go 300 feet underground at the Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenafon, Wales
Dress as former miners once did with your helmet, cap lamp, belt, and battery, and then descend down the Big Pit mineshaft for a journey back in time. Tour the coal faces, engine houses, and stables with a former coal miner before ascending to explore a multi-media tour of a modern coal mine.

Go back in time at this subterranean museum. Photo: ©Big Pit National Coal Museum

Go back in time at this subterranean museum. Photo: ©Big Pit National Coal Museum

Go back in time at Beamish: The Living Museum of the North, Beamish, England
Wander through a farm on the Home Front during WWII or take a trip down into the Mahogany Drift Mine at Beamish, an open-air museum exploring life in North East England from the 1820s to the 1940s. This museum takes participation to a whole new level, as you can even book tickets to operate the Beamish Tramway for the entire day.

Ride through villages and towns at this open air museum

Ride through villages and towns at this open air museum

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Cover Photo: The Postal Museum (photo by: Miles Willis)