Night at the Museum (film series)

Night at the Museum is a trilogy of fantasy-comedy films beginning in 2006 and ending in 2014. All three films, based on the children's book The Night at the Museum by Milan Trenc, are directed by Shawn Levy and written by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. Starring Ben Stiller as a museum night security guard named Larry, the films also star an ensemble cast featuring Owen Wilson, Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, Steve Coogan, Patrick Gallagher, Rami Malek, Mizuo Peck, Mickey Rooney, Bill Cobbs, and Dick Van Dyke.

Night at the Museum
Directed byShawn Levy
Produced by
Written by
Based onThe Night at the Museum
by Milan Trenc
Music byAlan Silvestri
Distributed by20th Century Fox
CountryUnited States
Budget$387 million
Box office$1.31 billion


Night at the Museum (2006)

When Larry Daley (Ben Stiller), a divorced father who can't seem to keep a job for more than a week, applies for a job at the American Museum of Natural History, he is assigned as a night guard. However, a seemingly easy job turns out to be a wild ride when he finds that an ancient spell has caused the "inhabitants" of the museum to come to life.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)

Three years after the previous film, several of the exhibits are transferred to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, and Dexter the monkey steals the tablet of Ahkmenrah, Larry must break in and team up with his old friends, and new ally Amelia Earheart to get it back from Ahkmenrah's resurrected evil brother Kahmunrah before morning.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)

Five years after the previous film, Larry discovers that the tablet of Ahkmenrah's magic is failing. So he, his now-teenage son Nick, along with Teddy Roosevelt, Sacagewea, Jedediah, Octavius, Dexter, Attila the Hun, and a new caveman figure named Laaa (who looks like Larry) travel to a fictional version of the British Museum to undo the curse with the help of Ahkmenrah's parents, and the narcissistic Sir Lancelot of Camelot before the tablet's magic disappears forever.


In August 2018, CEO of 20th Century Fox Stacey Snider announced that a television series based on Night at the Museum is currently being developed. On August 6, 2019, it was announced by Disney CEO Bob Iger that a reboot of Night at the Museum would premiere on the company's upcoming streaming service, Disney+.[1][2] It has not been made clear yet as to whether it will be a feature-film or television series.


Box office

Title U.S. release date Budget Box office gross Box office ranking Ref(s)
Opening weekend
(North America)
North America Other territories Worldwide All time
North America
All time
Night at the Museum December 22, 2006 (2006-12-22) $110 million $30,433,781 $250,863,268 $323,617,573 $574,480,841 #100 #123 [3]
Battle of the Smithsonian May 22, 2009 (2009-05-22) $150 million $54,173,286 $177,243,721 $235,862,449 $413,106,170 #221 #220 [4]
Secret of the Tomb December 19, 2014 (2014-12-19) $127 million $17,100,520 $113,746,621 $249,458,014 $363,204,635 #516 #272 [5]
Totals $387 million $101,707,587 $541,853,610 $808,938,036 $1,350,791,646 [6]

Critical and public response

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Night at the Museum 44% (131 reviews)[7] 48 (28 reviews)[8] A-[9]
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 44% (163 reviews)[10] 42 (31 reviews)[11] B+[9]
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb 48% (104 reviews)[12] 47 (33 reviews)[13] B+[9]

Cast and characters

Characters Films
Night at the Museum Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Lawrence "Larry" Daley Ben Stiller
Theodore Roosevelt Robin Williams
Nick Daley Jake Cherry Skyler Gisondo
Jedediah Owen Wilson
Octavius Steve Coogan
Dr. McPhee Ricky Gervais
Attila the Hun Patrick Gallagher
Ahkmenrah Rami Malek
Sacagawea Mizuo Peck
Rebecca Hutman Carla Gugino
Cecil Fredericks Dick Van Dyke Dick Van Dyke
(deleted scene)
Dick Van Dyke
Percy Hynes White
Gus Mickey Rooney Mickey Rooney
(deleted scene)
Mickey Rooney
Reginald Bill Cobbs Bill Cobbs
(deleted scene)
Bill Cobbs
Erica Daley Kim Raver
Don Paul Rudd
Dexter Crystal the Monkey
Easter Island Head Brad Garrett
Amelia Earhart
Amy Adams
Kahmunrah Hank Azaria
Ivan the Terrible Christopher Guest
Napoleon Bonaparte Alain Chabat
Al Capone Jon Bernthal
George Armstrong Custer Bill Hader
Sailor Joey Motorola Jay Baruchel
Brundon (Security Guard) Jonah Hill
Docent Mindy Kaling
The Thinker
Abraham Lincoln Statue
Hank Azaria
Cherub Cupid Statues Jonas Brothers
Abel the Space Monkey Crystal the Monkey
Albert Einstein Bobbleheads Eugene Levy
Laaa Ben Stiller
Lancelot Dan Stevens
Tilly Rebel Wilson
Merenkahre Ben Kingsley
Shepseheret Anjali Jay
Madeline Phelps Rachael Harris
Garuda Artefact Robin Williams
Hugh Jackman
King Arthur
Alice Eve
playing Guinevere
Note: A gray cell indicates that character did not appear in that film.


Film Director Producer(s) Writer(s) Composer Cinematographer Editor(s)
Night at the Museum Shawn Levy Shawn Levy,
Chris Columbus,
Michael Barnathan
Robert Ben Garant,
Thomas Lennon
Alan Silvestri Guillermo Navarro Don Zimmerman
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian John Schwartzman Don Zimmerman,
Dean Zimmerman
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Robert Ben Garant,
Thomas Lennon,
David Guion,
Michael Handelman
Guillermo Navarro Dean Zimmerman

See also


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