Night at the Museum (2006) Poster


Stuntman Roger Lewis (the cowboy in the blue shirt) broke vertebrae in his neck during the scene where Jedediah and Octavius let the air out of the van's tires. Luckily his injury was minor.
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While filming, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson only had one day that they saw each other. Stiller talked to a toothpick for the Jedediah scenes, then three months later Wilson came in and filmed all of his parts.
The "Hunnish" language in the film is completely improvised.
Owen Wilson's role as Jedediah was just supposed to be a cameo - but his character tested so well with the audience, they gave him a bigger part. He wasn't going to be credited either way.
The pronunciation of Sacagawea's name is debated in the movie. Both pronunciations used are correct.
The TV news report mentioning cave drawings in the subway shows a quick shot of the 81st St. subway station in New York, which is indeed the correct subway stop for the American Museum of Natural History. Many NY subway stations include wall tiling that incorporates mosaics and artistic patterns in themes related to the station's neighborhood. The subway cave drawings shown in the film are actually part of the tile art in the station, relating to the museum itself.
Visitors to the real American Museum of Natural History increased by 20% during the holiday season following this movie's opening.
Trainers spent several weeks training Crystal the Monkey to slap and bite Ben Stiller in the film.
Ben Stiller watched Mission: Impossible (1996) and Mission: Impossible II (2000) in order to run the way his long-time friend Tom Cruise does.
Director Shawn Levy doubled as the T-Rex during filming in order to capture the realistic reactions of Ben Stiller in scenes involving him and the creature.
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.
Despite their respective careers of more than 50 years each, this is only the second time Mickey Rooney and Dick Van Dyke have worked together. Their only other film together was The Comic (1969).
Larry's inability to remember Christopher Columbus' name is a wink and a nod to producer Chris Columbus.
The Vikings in the movie speak Icelandic (only one line is heard).
The song "I'm Made of Wax, Larry what are you made of?" by A Day To Remember is titled after the quote of Robin Williams at the end of the movie.
The coin trick that Larry performs for Attila the Hun is the French Drop.
Major cinema chains in the UK pulled the film off their screens in protest at Fox's decision to release the DVD barely after three months since its theatrical debut.
On the wall of the elevator and in the lobby, signs on the wall can be seen with titles paralleling what is happening to Larry at that point in the movie, including: "Spineless" and "Weathering the Storm".
Primary filming was set to take place in Montreal, but Ben Stiller was reportedly unhappy about working there, and is fond of Vancouver, hence prompting a move to BC.
When Larry asks Theodore Roosevelt if he can ask him a question and Roosevelt replies 'Yes, but only one.' Larry's response 'What is this, some kind of three wishes thing?' Is a nod to Robin William's (who plays Roosevelt) character of the Genie in Disney's Aladdin.
The actor who plays Pharaoh Ahkmenrah, Rami Malek, is an actual Egyptian.
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Originally, Stephen Sommers was the director of the project. (His The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001) have similar plot points.) He eventually left due to creative differences.
Alan Silvestri replaced John Ottman as score composer.
During closeups of Jedediah and Octavius in the toy car, the "snowflakes" falling on the miniature vehicle do not melt, meaning they're obviously pieces of Styrofoam (or a similar material).
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Theodore Roosevelt's infatuation for Sacagawea can be disputed, as the real Roosevelt openly held prejudices against Native Americans, believing them to be "savages". Though the wax model does emphasize the difference between his real-life counterpart and himself, he describes the former as being more of a positive figure. This is quite ironic given that the wax Teddy does not once display any racial-based disdain for Sacagawea's people, unlike the former US President.
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Dr. McPhee says, "Nothing funny about Little Bighorn." In the sequel, one if the characters is General Custer who was the American leader in the Battle of Little Bighorn.
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Anne Meara:  The woman in the employment office is Ben Stiller's mother.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When the night guards chase Nick up the stairs, only Dick Van Dyke performed the stunt himself. The other two actors required younger stunt doubles.
When Dr. McPhee finds the Roman and Western figurines mixed up, he accuses Larry of not watching over the exhibits too well, but does not accuse Larry of having tampered with the exhibits. Similarly, when he watches the news footage of a caveman battle toward the end, his reaction is fairly passive rather than astonished at the otherworldliness of what he is seeing. This suggests he's "in on" the secret, for the context of this movie. However, this was either forgotten or deliberately discarded for the sequels where he firmly disbelieves in magic.
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When Jed and Octavius are draining air out of the van tire towards the end Jed says " I ain't quittin' you" in his usual country accent, an obvious reference to Brokeback Mountain (2005).

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