The idea for the 2006 movie Night at the Museum came from a children’s picture book by Milan Trenc. The simple premise that a night watchman at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City finds his exhibits coming alive at night and the mayhem that ensues is one that lends itself well to the big screen – in fact, the third film in the series, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, has only recently been released.
While the films themselves have only garnered fairly average reviews from the critics, they have still been well-received at the box office, as the nature of these fantasy adventure-comedy movies certainly resonates with the target family audience. Some of the scenes may be a bit scary for younger viewers, but the likeable cast makes it universally appealing.
So, for those who’ve enjoyed the Night at the Museum films and are planning on visiting the Big Apple in the near future, you’ll be interested to know that the American Museum of Natural History (where this fictional trilogy is set) has decided to run a tour to educate people about the real exhibits behind the characters featured in the movies.
The Night at the Museum Tour is a two-hour sight-seeing session across the four floors and exhibit halls of the museum. From the cheeky Capuchin Monkey to the iconic Easter Island Rapa Nui Moai Cast and the ferocious Tyrannosaurus rex, visitors will come across some familiar faces.
All it costs is the suggested general admission price, with the proceeds supporting the museum’s various educational and scientific pursuits. Seeing as there are 45 halls to peruse, plus the Rose Center for Earth and Space, this is an attraction that can prove to be incredibly worthwhile and excellent value for money.
Kids aged 6-13 can even choose to explore the fossil halls by flashlight and spend the night in a museum like a true night watchman by booking onto the Night at the Museum Sleepover.
With an ability to entertain and educate in equal measure, the tour – and indeed the museum itself – provides plenty of interest for the whole family.