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Night at the Museum (2006)

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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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Where History Comes To Life 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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The pronunciation of Sacagawea's name is debated in the movie. Both pronunciations used are correct. See more »


The tablet was supposed to be made out of 24k gold (100%). But the weight of pure gold is 19.3 kg/liter, and Larry's son wouldn't be able to carry the tablet as easy as he does. See more »


[first lines]
Taxi Driver: [as Larry walks into the street] Hey, watch it!
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.80 (2013) See more »


Music by Richard Kerr
Lyrics by Scott English
Performed and Produced by Leetown
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GREAT FUN, family or otherwise. Well worth your time and money.
23 December 2006 | by (So Cal) – See all my reviews

Excellent fun flick... and best movie Dinosaur in a long time ;-)

I promised my 8th grade nephew I'd take him to a movie this Christmas break - without his younger brothers and sisters. He originally wanted to see that dragon movie, but he found out it sucked, so I suggested this one.

With teens, there's the fine balance between too "kid" oriented and too dark, but he was laughing along the rest of the theater, and lost himself in the fun with the rest of us.

He wants to see it again, *I* want to see it again, and I recommend it for anyone with a sense of fun. It's also the first Ben Stiller movie in a while I can say that about. I hope you all reward the studio for putting out a true "family movie" for the holidays, so we'll see more in the future.

It was good to see Dick Van Dyke, Andy Rooney and Bill Cobbs in light, comic roles, and Robin Williams in a solid supporting role. They all lend the movie more "credibility."

GREAT FUN, easily worth 2 hours and $10.00, more than once over.

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