Security guard Larry Daley infiltrates the Smithsonian Institution in order to rescue Jedediah and Octavius, who have been shipped to the museum by mistake.


Shawn Levy
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Stiller ... Larry Daley
Amy Adams ... Amelia Earhart
Owen Wilson ... Jedediah
Hank Azaria ... Kahmunrah / The Thinker / Abe Lincoln (voice)
Robin Williams ... Teddy Roosevelt
Christopher Guest ... Ivan the Terrible
Alain Chabat ... Napoleon Bonaparte
Steve Coogan ... Octavius
Ricky Gervais ... Dr. McPhee
Bill Hader ... George Armstrong Custer
Jon Bernthal ... Al Capone
Patrick Gallagher ... Attila the Hun
Jake Cherry ... Nicky
Rami Malek ... Ahkmenrah
Mizuo Peck ... Sacajawea


Ben Stiller returns as night watchman Larry Daily, now a successful business man, who gets back to the museum just in time to find that he needs to get his friends out of trouble. This new installment takes us to the Smithsonian, and introduces us to new characters, such as Amelia Earhart, General Custer, and many more!

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


When the lights go off the battle is on.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


In the opening scene, George Foreman mentions two previous inventions of Larry's: "The Extra Big Dog Bone" and "The Unloseable Key Ring." These are both references to the first movie, to Rexy chasing his bone and Dexter stealing Larry's keys respectively. See more »


(at around 1h 3 mins) Amelia addresses the Tuskegee airman as "Captain", but he is not wearing captain's bars. See more »


General George Armstrong Custer: My hair is considered currency in certain parts of Europe.
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Crazy Credits

There is an extra scene during the credits where Sailor Joey Motorola is seen reverse-engineering Larry Daley's cell-phone. He says to his mother (off camera) "I think I'm on to something!" See more »

Alternate Versions

Additional humour was brought to the German version by the Albert Einstein dub by Jean Pütz, a famous science journalist and TV host. See more »


Spoofs Beer and Pretzels (1933) See more »


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Written by Nick Jonas (as Nicholas Jonas), Joe Jonas (as Joseph Jonas), Kevin Jonas (as Kevin Jonas II) and Greg Garbowsky
Performed by The Jonas Brothers (as Jonas Brothers)
Courtesy of Hollywood Records
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21 May 2009 | by changmohSee all my reviews

The 2006 original was a fun-filled fantasy trip to the Museum of Natural History in New York. It was a blast for both the kids and the adults when the exhibits, especially the T-Rex and President Teddy Roosevelt, come to life that Night At The Museum.

This sequel basically shifts the action to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC where we get more of the same "Jumanji"-type action - without much cerebral input into the plot. In fact, the whole second installment looks uninspired and uninspiring. We don't feel for the characters, not even Ben Stiller's Larry Daley as he tries stir up another frenzy among the animated exhibits. As a sequel, it is rather stale because it does not have a plot that is engaging enough for its stunts. The gags are mostly repetitive - like Kahmunrah's lisping, Amelia's 'ready-for-anything' attitude, etc. There is never a sense of danger in the proceedings - and Larry's presence in the story seems superfluous.

The action remains a comic book adventure - and the mandatory twist at the end merely helps to ease our way out of this juvenile treat.

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Release Date:

22 May 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night at the Museum 2 See more »


Box Office


$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,173,286, 24 May 2009

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