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Academy of Natural Sciences Hosts First Overnight for Adults

March 11, 2015

Participants in the Academy of Natural Sciences adult overnight get ready for bed in Dinosaur Hall. Photo by Mike Servedio.
Participants in the Academy of Natural Sciences adult overnight get ready for bed in Dinosaur Hall. Photo by Mike Servedio.

Ever stroll up to a fossilized T. rex and say, “This is great, but I wish I had my jammies on?”

Well, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University provided that unique experience at its first Overnight for Adults March 7.

Timshel Purdum, the Academy’s director of education and lifelong learning, described it as one of the best events she’s ever experienced in more than a decade working at the museum.

“I had a blast,” she said.  “The participants were awesome. They were having such a great time and the staff had a great time with them.”

Among the activities the group of 90 took part in was a behind-the-scenes tour of the Ichthyology, Entomology and Mammalogy departments,  creating pictures by dipping cockroaches and maggots in paint and letting them walk across a paper, and a special diorama ghost tour, which Purdum led.

Caitlin Halligan giving a presentation with Barton the Porcupine during the adult overnight event. Photo by Mike Servedio.
Caitlin Halligan giving a presentation with Barton the Porcupine during the adult overnight event. Photo by Mike Servedio.

“I got to do diorama tours where I told weird stories about the explorers, artists and animals involved in each scene,” she said. “Our guests were allowed to draw on the diorama glass with special paint pens that we could wipe off later. We had too much fun.”

After a drink or two and a bedtime story, everyone got ready for bed, bunking wherever they chose, whether beside a dinosaur or near a bison diorama.

Purdum said she got great feedback from everyone who took part, so the Academy plans to do another adult sleepover Oct. 3.

Check out more photos of the inaugural sleepover for adults below.

Arielle Webster presenting a variety of animal skulls. Photo by Mike Servedio.
Arielle Webster presenting a variety of animal skulls. Photo by Mike Servedio.

Kyle Luckenbill, a research and curatorial assistant of ichthyology, holds up one of his specimens, as a woman looks (disgustedly) on. Photo by Mike Servedio.
Kyle Luckenbill, a research and curatorial assistant of ichthyology, holds up one of his specimens, as a woman looks (disgustedly) on. Photo by Mike Servedio.

Ned Gilmore, the collection manager of vertebrate zoology, displays a tiny rodent specimen. Photo by Mike Servedio.
Ned Gilmore, the collection manager of vertebrate zoology, displays a tiny rodent specimen. Photo by Mike Servedio.

Gilmore shows off another of his vertebrates. Photo by Mike Servedio.
Gilmore shows off another of his vertebrates. Photo by Mike Servedio.

A ghost diorama tour. Photo by Mike Servedio.
A ghost diorama tour. Photo by Mike Servedio.

A group photo of the Overnight's participants. Photo by Mike Servedio.
A group photo of the Overnight's participants. Photo by Mike Servedio.

An overhead view of preparing for bed at the foot of a T. Rex. Photo by Mike Servedio.
An overhead view of preparing for bed at the foot of a T. Rex. Photo by Mike Servedio.