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A newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc.

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In New York, unemployed and divorced Larry Daley is a complete loser. His son Nick is very disappointed with his father who is going to be evicted. Larry accepts the job of night watchman in the Museum of Natural History and takes the place of three old security guards that have just retired in order to raise some money and pay his bills. On his first shift, Larry soon realizes that everything at the museum is not as it seems as the statues begin to come to life after the sun sets. The Museum transforms into complete chaos with the inexperienced Larry in charge as he learns that an old Egyptian stone that came to the Museum in 1950 brings these statues to life until dawn. When Larry brings his son to spend a night with him, the three old guards break into the Museum to try to steal the magical stone. Larry organizes all the historic characters to help him stop the criminals and save the museum. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG for mild action, language and brief rude humor | See all certifications »

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22 December 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Night at the Museum: The IMAX Experience  »

Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£7,690,312 (UK) (29 December 2006)

Gross:

$250,863,268 (USA) (22 June 2007)
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Originally, Stephen Sommers was the director of the project. He eventually left due to creative differences. See more »

Goofs

The most famous Jedediah Smith was a fur trader, hunter and explorer, not a cowboy and railroad-builder--he died just as railroads were being invented. But the name was probably common enough in the 19th century that many men were named Jedidiah Smith. The movie's "Jedidiah" is a representative period figure, not a depiction of a historic person. It's also possible that the toy-come-to-life heard the name and liked it, and so chose it for himself. See more »

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During the film's end credit sequence, two scenes featuring the characters played by Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, and Bill Cobbs appear on the side. See more »

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Well... I laughed! So did everyone in the theater.
22 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Don't go into this movie expecting a complex plot and deep insight into the human condition. The story and plot are lightweight but that doesn't matter too much. The characters are likable enough and the situation is definitely full of possibilities.

The humor is silly and well-done slapstick without much in the way of vulgarity. I especially enjoyed the antics and heroics of the miniature Cowboys, Mayans and Romans. (Though my inner stickler was a tad annoyed with slight shifts in their scale.)

I recommend it for family viewing. My 8-year-old was in stitches AND asking me questions about history after the movie.


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