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Continuity 

In the miniature people scene, after Larry breaks free from his upper body restraints, the roping around his ankles is still in place. In the shot just before the Romans attack him with fire balls, the ropes are shown around his ankles, still in place. However, after the Romans begin to attack him, Larry is able to get up and run away with ease- there is no shown attempt to break the restraints around his ankles.
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Boom mic visible 

When Larry and Rebecca were talking outside, you can clearly see a mike drop down in the shot, bob up and down and then taken out of the shot. At the end with career day at school the mike appears again.

Character error 

Dexter the Capuchin monkey "speaks" like a chimpanzee.
The day after Larry's first night, Rebecca tells a children's tour that the lion is the "king of the jungle". The lion lives in plains and open grassland, and is unsuited for either hunting or concealing itself in jungle or forest. It's true appellation is "king of beasts".
The Hall of African Mammals includes both Dexter the Capuchin monkey (from South America) which is a mammal but not African, and an ostrich (bird) which is African but not a mammal.
Sacagawea wasn't a tracker, she was only a guide and translator. Her husband, Charbonneau, was the tracker on the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Larry refers to the Neanderthals as the first people to build fires. In fact, Homo erectus achieved this before the Neanderthals.
The "Museum of Natural History" has exhibits of modern historical figures and events.
Attila the Hun's statue is of average height. The real man was very short.
Rebecca mispronounces "capuchin"; she says [ka pu' shin] but the correct pronunciation is [cap' u shin].

Continuity 

The amount of fire extinguisher foam on Larry's face changes frequently.
In the scene where Larry is telling Rebecca that the museum comes to life, she has no coat on. But right as she is leaving she has a coat on. She is still wearing it when she gets outside.
When Dexter tries to steal the keys for the second time and ends up with plastic toy keys, Larry puts the real keys in his shirt pocket. In the very next shot they are back hanging on his pants.
When Larry sets Jed and Octavius down on the bench, they are closer together in the next shot.
When Larry notices the caveman's footprints leading to the open window and goes to investigate, the footprints are gone in the next shot.
Cecil shuts the bottom half of the security office door when Larry enters. When Larry leaves the office, the door is open.
When his ex-wife raises her glass of water to drink in an early scene, in the next shot her glass is back down.
The epaulets on Larry's normal jacket disappear and reappear between shots
The cut on Larry's lip changes places in one scene near the end of the movie.
When Larry is trying to convince Rebecca that the exhibits at the museum come to life at night, they stop to talk directly in front of the Neanderthal exhibit, but when Rebecca walks away, they are next to Theodore Roosevelt.
When Larry is 'tied' to the railway tracks, the tracks to his left appear complete and incomplete between shots.
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When the night guards meet Larry while clocking out for the last time, Larry isn't wearing a necktie, but when he turns around to greet Cecil, it suddenly appears.
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In the scene where the Mayans attack Larry by shooting poison darts at him, the darts leave two very large welts on his face that also appears to have caused him to lose feeling there as well. But as the camera scene cuts to him trying to defend himself from a second, larger attack the welts are gone from his face and he takes about a dozen darts in his hand, this time with no apparent affect.
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After Cecil scares Larry with the voodoo attire, Cecil removes the headpiece and his hair is messy. A second later without a break in conversation, Cecil's hair is neatly groomed.
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When Larry and Nick are in Central Park at the beginning of the movie, the building with two towers is visible behind Larry. When they turn to leave the park, the building is still behind Larry. However, in the immediate scene following, the same building is now in front of Nick and Larry.
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(at around 20 mins) The T-rex picks the desk, and drops it. It falls vertically. But when we see the hall in full, the desk is lying near the wall, on its side.
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When Larry and Rebecca go for a walk, you see them outside the park, then well inside the park and then walking through the entrance in successive shots.
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When Reg is in the security office copying Larry's house keys, the pad he uses has the imprint of a key on it before he uses it.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Larry is trying to convince Rebecca that the museum comes to life at night, a crew member is visible behind her.
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Factual errors 

When Attila the Hun sticks his head between the elevator doors, the mechanism of the elevator would force the doors to open, rather than continue to close.
On the posters for the movie, the T.Rex has three fingers on its hands. T.Rex had only two fingers per hand.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Theodore Roosevelt was known to have a high-pitched, squeaky voice due to being a severe asthmatic. However, as was later established, he was only a wax figurine of Roosevelt, made to appear very heroic, so it's not unreasonable that he'd have a deeper, more resonant voice, not unlike Robin Williams.
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.
The correcting spelling and pronunciation of the name Sakagawea/Sacagawea/Sacajawea are unknown, hence the wide variety used in this movie.
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.

Revealing mistakes 

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.
The Roman troops shoot flaming arrows at Larry, but his clothes show no burn marks.
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When Cecil hands Larry his "torch" on his first night, he hands it to him lens side down, when Larry takes it it is lens side up (flipped).
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

In closeup, Theodore Roosevelt and Sacajawea are on horseback at the dance; however, in the wide shots, they are dancing in the foreground.
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Errors in geography 

Near the end when Doctor McPhee is flipping through the TV news, it shows a local Fox station broadcast with a logo from Washington D.C., not New York City.

Revealing mistakes 

In the closing sequence when the museum characters are dancing and playing soccer, the cavemen are still marveling at fire, making noises, you can obviously see one of them has a filling - something neither a wax figure or a genuine caveman would have.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the scene with Octavius and Jed coming back to the museum after they were presumed dead, you can see the reflection of the green screen in Octavius' helmet.

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