Overnight Program

Every Friday and Saturday night, the Museum hosts our popular Submarine Overnight Program. Groups will get a behind-the-scenes look at USS Cobia, sound the dive bell, learn about life on a submarine and sleep on the World War II-era vessel.

The Overnight Program costs $44 per person for both youth and adults. 

Programming runs from 7:30 PM arrival until about 11 PM. Exclusive gallery admission is included for the following day. 


Overnight Program Timeline

Group Parent's Information


Necessary Forms


Overnight FAQ's

7 Steps to Overnight Program

Step 1: Find a night

Any group can join an available night. Participants must be at least 6 years old and the group must provide chaperones.

Note: Unless specified as a Family Overnight (marked as “FON”), it is meant for large groups such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church groups, history clubs, family reunions or other large groups. Family Overnights are geared towards smaller groups or individuals.

Step 2: Fill Out a Reservation Form
Step 3: 2 Weeks After Confirming Reservation

Fill out the Reply Form and send it to the Overnight Coordinator with the $200 deposit (check, credit/debit card accepted) within two weeks after making your reservation. This will hold you group’s spot and will be put towards your final payment. 

The amount of participants that you register with at this point is what you are financially responsible for. If you wish to change this number without being penalized, you must confirm in writing any attendance changes with the Overnight Coordinator 45 days before your Overnight. See Step 4 for more details.

Step 4: 45 days before your overnight

Your final attendance numbers must be confirmed on this date. You are financially responsible for the number of attendees booked. No refunds are given.

All groups must submit the Museum’s Letter of Acknowledgement prior to arriving. 

This sample roster is available for you to help plan your Overnight. 

Step 5: Two weeks before your arrival
  1. Please have a typed roster emailed to the Overnight Coordinator.
  2. If you plan on ordering Dog Tags for the that night, complete your order at this time to ensure they are on time. 
  3. Send the link of our Overnight Page to all families so they are prepared. 
  4. Ask the Overnight Coordinator about supper and breakfast options.
Step 6: Arrival

Overnight groups should plan to arrive at the Museum at 7:30 PM. 

Leaders enter the USS COBIA CREW PASSAGE door at the base of the right/west ramp near the main doors. Please have Waivers signed by all attending youth and adults and in the order in which they appear on the roster.  Families may sign on the same form. 

The Museum’s Medical Form should be filled out as needed.

Remaining balances must be paid upon arrival.

For any last minute questions on the night-of, the Overnight desk phone is 920-684-0218 x 122. 

Step 7: The Following Morning

The Museum is open to your group the morning following the overnight. To explore the Museum and store, all gear must be in your vehicles.

Closing ceremonies are at 8 AM and attendance is required of all participants. After that, groups are free to spend as much time in the Museum as desired. 

Please be courteous and respectful in the galleries. Interactive spaces, like the Waterways Room, should be cleaned up after use. 

Group Parents’ Information

Basic Overnight Information

The Overnight Program fee is $44 per person for both youth and adults. The programing runs from 7:30 PM to around 11 PM.

After spending the night on the submarine, participants are given exclusive access to the Museum before we open to the public. All gear must be clear of the Museum & the Closing Ceremony must be completed before access is granted. Gallery admission is only included for the following day, not the day of arrival. See the Overnight Timeline for more details.

Preparation for an Overnight

To help plan ahead for the Overnight, consider packing season-appropriate clothing. Cobia is heated and air-conditioned but some activities as well as the submarine tour will have outdoor components. We recommend layer for late night “head calls” (restroom visits) which are located inside the Museum.

Participants will also need:

  • Sleeping bag and pillow 
  • Flashlight 
  • Personal toiletries
  • For your safety, closed-toe shoes are strongly recommended.
  • Snacks if desired 
  • Waiver signed by youth and parent, all attending parents must also sign a Waiver form
  • Medical Forms are only needed if a participant has a situation the the staff need to be aware of. 

For further questions check out our FAQ and Planning Ahead documents.

The Museum does not give out individual refunds to people who do not show up. The Museum takes one payment per group. 

Check out the Timeline of the Overnight to understand how long the event will run through the evening. Times change due to group size and interest.

As a chaperone for your group, you are responsible for the discipline. Please read the Rules of Conduct before arriving. 

Necessary Forms

  1. Reply Form
  2. Letter of Acknowledgement
  3. Waiver and Release of Liability
    • Parent/Guardian and child can be listed on the same waiver.
  4. Medical Information
    • This form is only needed if staff need to be informed of a medical condition.

Please e-mail or fax your completed forms to the Overnight Coordinator.

Fax: 920-684-0219
(ATTN: Overnight Program)

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