Night at the Museum (2006) Poster


The "Hunnish" language in the film is completely improvised.
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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.
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.
Trainers spent several weeks training Crystal the Monkey to slap and bite Ben Stiller in the film.
The pronunciation of Sacagawea's name is debated in the movie. Both pronunciations used are correct.
Ben Stiller watched Mission: Impossible (1996) and Mission: Impossible II (2000) in order to run the way his long-time friend Tom Cruise does.
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.
Visitors to the real American Museum of Natural History increased by 20% during the holiday season following this movie's opening.
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.
The Vikings in the movie speak Icelandic (only one line is heard).
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.
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.
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".
Larry's inability to remember Christopher Columbus' name is a wink and a nod to producer Chris Columbus.
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).
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.
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.
Originally, Stephen Sommers was the director of the project. He eventually left due to creative differences.
Alan Silvestri replaced John Ottman as score composer.


Anne Meara:  The woman in the employment office is Ben Stiller's mother.


The trivia item 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.

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