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Night at the Museum (2006)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  22 December 2006 (USA)
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


At the Museum of Natural History, something unnatural is occurring. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

22 December 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Night at the Museum: The IMAX Experience  »

Box Office


$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$42,212,651 (USA) (22 December 2006)


$250,863,268 (USA) (22 June 2007)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The building featured in the film, which was constructed on a sound stage in Vancouver, Canada, is based on the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, external shots of which were used in the movie. See more »


Anything relating to what the magically-enlivened museum pieces can or cannot do. Since they are fantasy beings, they can do whatever the writers say they can do, even when the logic appears contradictory. See more »


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Crazy Credits

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A fun flick!
16 December 2006 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I got to see a showing of Night at the Museum last night. I was impressed by the trailers and I got really pumped when I saw people like Stiller, Wilson, Robins, Rudd and more famous comedian actors like Gervais in it.

The movie starts out slow but picks up once Stiller's character enters the museum. Once he enters the chaos begins.

The movie has it's up's and downs. Sometimes it feels like it was trying too hard to be funny. Don't get me wrong this movie is filled with laughs such as the Stiller and the monkey slapping each others face which made me laugh my ass off. Night at the Museum felt like a pattern to me, no funny parts to little giggles and then the movie would make you laugh so hard.

All the famous faces really brought charm to the movie and I don't think it would have work well with anyone else.

Night at the Museum is a fun movie worth seeing but not a movie you will be looking back on in 10 years time.

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