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Night at the Museum:
Battle of the Smithsonian

Promotional poster
Directed by Shawn Levy
Produced by Shawn Levy
Chris Columbus
Michael Barnathan
Written by Screenplay:
Thomas Lennon
Robert Ben Garant
Milan Trenc
Starring Ben Stiller
Amy Adams
Owen Wilson
Hank Azaria
Christopher Guest
Alain Chabat
Steve Coogan
Ricky Gervais
Bill Hader
Jon Bernthal
Patrick Gallagher
Jake Cherry
Rami Malek
Mizuo Peck
and Robin Williams
Music by Alan Silvestri
Cinematography John Schwartzman
Editing by Don Zimmerman
Dean Zimmerman
Studio 21 Laps Entertainment
1492 Pictures
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) May 22, 2009
Running time 106 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $150 million[1]
Gross revenue Domestic:
Preceded by Night at the Museum

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (known outside of North America as Night at the Museum 2), is a 2009 American comedy film and the sequel to the 2006 adventure comedy film Night at the Museum. The film stars Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Owen Wilson, Hank Azaria, Christopher Guest, Alain Chabat, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Bill Hader, Jon Bernthal, Patrick Gallagher, Jake Cherry, Rami Malek, Mizuo Peck, and Robin Williams. It was released in cinemas on May 22, 2009.



Two years after Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) defeated the three night guards that plotted to steal The Tablet, he is now head of Daley Devices, a company that he founded to manufacture his inventions. These inventions, including The Glow-In-The-Dark Flashlight, The Unloseable Keyring, and The Oversized Dogbone, were created from his experiences as a former night guard. Upon revisiting, he finds that The American Museum of Natural History is closed for renovations and upgrades, and some of the museum pieces are being replaced by interactive holograms due to budget costs. The actual exhibits are due to be moved to The Federal Archives at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. On the last night, Larry reconnects with his museum exhibit friends including Theodore Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Rexxy The Tyrannosaurus Skeleton, and Dexter The Capuchin Monkey (Crystal the Monkey) and when Larry asks Teddy where his crate was, Teddy tells him that himself, Rexy, The Easter Island head (Brad Garret) and Ahkmanrah and his Tablet are not making the Journey and are remaining at the museum-Without the Tablet the exhibits won't be coming to life anymore which is something Teddy didn't tell them so they can enjoy their final night. The next night, Larry gets a call from Jedediah (Owen Wilson), saying that Dexter stole The Tablet last midnight and evil Pharaoh Kahmunrah (Hank Azaria), Ahkmenrah's older brother, is attacking him, Octavius, Attila the Hun, Sacagawea, Neanderthal and animals. Larry goes to Washington and visits The National Air and Space Museum, The National Gallery of Art and The Smithsonian Institution Building to find The Federal Archives with the help of his son Nick Daley (Jake Cherry).

Larry sneaks into The Archives and locates the exhibits, frozen in the middle of a battle with Kahmunrah and his troops, who are trying to lock the exhibits in a crate. Larry gets hold of The Golden Tablet Of Ahkmenrah, which had been stolen by Dexter, just when the sun sets and all the exhibits come alive again. Kahmunrah and his soldiers lock the crate and take The Tablet from Larry, and he tells Larry that bringing the exhibits to life is just one of the tablet's powers - he intends to use it to raise an army from The Underworld and conquer the world, by placing The Tablet into its sister artifact: The Gate Of Kahmunrah. Larry tries to convince Kahmunrah to give back the Tablet by telling him about the "Cube of Rubik". He leads Kahmunrah and his troops to a large box which he found earlier, opens the lock and from it escapes a "Kraken", which escapes and starts attacking everyone in its way and knocking over other exhibits, including those of a pteranodon and a saber-toothed cat skeleton. Larry manages to run away from the Egyptian troops and escapes with the help of General George Armstrong Custer (Bill Hader), who gets captured, and meets Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams), who is thrilled at the prospect of adventure and accompanies Larry. Larry and Amelia then go through an assortment of paintings and photographs and trap Kahmunrah's soldiers in one (V-J day in Times Square). They escape Kahmunrah's men, but are captured by Napolean Bonaparte (Alain Chabat) and his soldiers, who joined Kahmunrah along with Ivan the terrible (Christopher Guest), and Al Capone. Napolean then takes Larry to Kahmunrah, separating Amelia from Larry.

Meanwhile Jedidiah and Octavius tries to help Larry but they are found out by one of Al Capone's goons, and Jedediah tells Octavius to run away while he distracts them, which leads him to get captured by Kahmunrah and places him in a hourglass, saying that within one hour, he will suffocate in the sand. Octavius sees this and vows to get reinforcements and save him.

Larry is taken to Kahmunrah and Kahmunrah then attempts to activate The Tablet to open The Gate Of The Underworld by pressing the symbols on The Tablet (which difers from the first movie, in which Akmunrah used an incantation to activate the Tablet's powers), only to find out that the combination has been changed. He orders Larry to decipher The Tablet's riddle and figure out the new combination before sunrise, and traps Jedediah in an hourglass to hasten his attempts. Larry and Amelia consult a bust of Teddy who says that the answer is in The Heart Of The Pharaoh's Tomb. The duo then consult The Thinker, but he gets distracted by a beautiful statue of Aphrodite. Larry an Amelia flee from Russian troops and arrive at the Lincoln Memorial where the huge statue of Lincoln comes to life. Finally, at The National Air And Space Museum, they consult a group of Albert Einstein bobbleheads who tell them that the answer to the riddle (and hence the new combination) is the value of pi (because The Tablet is a 3x3 grid, the combination is treated like a phone pad). Larry and Amelia fly the Wright Flyer, return to The Smithsonian Institution Building, and Amelia goes for help while Larry delays Kahmunrah. Ivan, Napoleon and Capone arrive and tell him the code (having intimidated one of The Einstein Bobbleheads into revealing it to them), and he opens The Gate Of The Underworld and summons an army of Horus warriors. Suddenly, the statue of Abraham Lincoln from The Lincoln Memorial bursts through the window, frightening the bird-men back to The Underworld. Amelia arrives, having freed the other exhibits and taken all of the Smithsonian's exhibets ( including the octopus, the "Thinker' and some stoneangels), and Custer orders them to attack. During this battle, Octavius frees Jedediah, who is now covered in sand to the head, by smashing the glass with his helmet. They then attack the gangsters, streltsys, and hussars by poking their shoes with swords à la 300. When Larry distracts Napoleon Ivan, and Capone, he runs into Kahmunrah, and when the battle ends Larry duels Kahmunrah with his flashlight (Which he took out of the locker room) and Kahmunrah is defeated when Larry kicks him and then grabs Kahmunrah by the neck. Kahmunrah gives Larry a final comment ("What are you?!") before Larry then banishes him into the underworld forever. Everybody then cheers a victory cry and Larry says that he only has an hour until sunrise and he tells the exhibits he wants them back at the museum. They wave goodbye to Custer, Thinker, and the gods of love, and Amelia then flies them back to New York where she tells Larry she knows that she won't be alive anymore. She then says her goodbyes and she leaves.

Teddy welcomes him back, and Larry assures him he has a way for them to remain there. He tells Teddy he'll remain at the museum and be happy, instead of working at Daley Devices. Some time later, it is revealed that Larry generously sold his company and donated the money to the museum to pay for Audio-Animatronics exhibits - since the museum now opens late, the exhibits can come to life under the guise of "animatronic" figures, including Teddy as a tour guide, Ahkmenrah and Dexter displaying The Tablet, and Attila as a storyteller. Larry is rehired at the museum as the night guard so as to watch over the rest of his friends, and meets a young woman who looks just like Amelia. The film concludes as they talk and walk off as Larry guides her toward The Hall Of Miniatures. Jedediah and Octavius then fly by in a miniature airplane. During the credits, a man from a black and white photo of V-J day in Times Square is seen examining Larry's Motorola Q cellphone, which Larry left in the photo, and makes a new discovery (for his time period). His mother calls him, and it is revealed that his name is Joey Motorola.


Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, and Owen Wilson at a panel promoting the film in May 2009
  • Ben Stiller as Larry Daley, the protagonist of the film. He is currently CEO of Daley Devices, a company that sells his inventions. He is summoned to the Smithsonian when his nocturnal friends are captured, and saves the night.
  • Amy Adams as:
  • Amelia Earhart, Larry's love interest. She is fearless and confident, and has a crush on Larry.
  • Tess, a young woman that Larry meets at the end of the film.


Writers Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon confirmed to Dark Horizons that they were writing a sequel to Night at the Museum, originally with a tentative title Another Night at the Museum. The writers said that "there'll be existing characters and plenty of new ones."

20th Century Fox announced that the sequel, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, and was released Memorial Day weekend 2009. Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Patrick Gallagher, Jake Cherry, Rami Malek, Mizuo Peck, Brad Garrett and Robin Williams all returned for the sequel, with Shawn Levy back in the director's chair, and it was the first time a major Hollywood feature used the Smithsonian name in its title. It was not the first feature movie to be filmed in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C..[3] It is largely being filmed in Vancouver. Due to the nature of the complex story more historical figures are involved, such as Amelia Earhart, who was be portrayed by Amy Adams, Kahmunrah/The Thinker/Abraham Lincoln was played by Hank Azaria, Ivan The Terrible was played by Christopher Guest, Napoleon Bonaparte was played by Alain Chabat, General George Armstrong Custer was played by Bill Hader, Young Al Capone was played by Jon Bernthal, Albert Einstein Bobbleheads was played by Eugene Levy and Cherubs were played by Jonas Brothers.[4]

The film was confirmed as shooting a scene at the Lincoln Memorial on the night of May 21, 2008. It was also shooting a scene at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on the nights of the eighteenth and twentieth of August 2008 where a red airplane could be seen. The trailer was released with Bedtime Stories, Yes Man and Marley & Me in December 2008, January 2009 with Bride Wars, and again in February and April 2009 with The Pink Panther 2 and Dragonball Evolution.

The film was promoted as an opening skit on American Idol, where a replica of the Idol judge seats are being held at the real Smithsonian Institution.

An alternate ending found on the DVD and Blu-ray featured the return of the main antagonists of the first film, Dick Van Dyke (Cecil Fredericks), Bill Cobbs (Reginald), and Mickey Rooney (Gus).

Night at the Museum label on the Wright Flyer exhibit in the National Air and Space Museum

Filmmakers loaned the Smithsonian Institution props used in the movie which were displayed in the Smithsonian Castle including the pile of artifacts featured in the film.[5] The Smithsonian also made a brochure available online and at museum visitor service desks outlining where to find artifacts.[6]

As of 2009, numerous artifacts which inspired the movie were on display at Smithsonian Museums along the National Mall. Many of the artifacts are labeled with "Night at the Museum" logos.[6]

  1. Able the space monkey
  2. Lunar rover
  3. Lunar Module
  4. 1903 Wright Flyer
  5. Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Vega
  6. Medal belonging to Tuskegee Airmen
  7. Supermarine Spitfire
  8. F-104 Starfighter
  1. Giant squid
  2. Moai
  3. Tyrannosaurus
  1. Oscar the Grouch puppet
  2. George Armstrong Custer's fringed jacket
  3. Muhammad Ali's boxing gloves
  4. Theodore Roosevelt's chaps
  5. Archie Bunker's chair from the television sitcom All in the Family.
  6. Theodore Roosevelt's teddy bear
  7. Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz



Critical reaction

Like its predecessor, the sequel has received mixed reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 44% of critics gave the film positive reviews based on 154 reviews, with an average score of 5.2 out of 10.[7] Among Rotten Tomatoes' "Cream of the Crop", which consists of popular and notable critics from the top newspapers, websites, television, and radio programs, the film holds an overall approval rating of 33% based on 27 reviews.[8] Another review aggretator, Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 42% based on 27 reviews.[9]

Despite poor reviews from critics, most critics praised Amy Adams's and Hank Azaria's performances. Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune awarded the film 3 stars stating that "...she's terrific -- a sparkling screen presence."[10] Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B+ stating "Battle of the Smithsonian has plenty of life. But it's Adams who gives it zing."[11] Perry Seibert of TV Guide gave the film 2 stars despite honoring that "thanks to Azaria, a master of comic timing. His grandiose, yet slightly fey bad guy is equally funny when he's chewing out minions as he is when deliberating if Oscar the Grouch and Darth Vader are evil enough to join his team.[12] Michael Rechtshaffen of the Hollywood Reporter and A.O. Scott of the New York Times enjoyed both performances.[13][14]

One critic panned the movie on its excessive use of special effects as noted by Scott Tobias of the A.V. Club when he described the film as "a baffling master plot and a crowded pileup of special effects in search of something to do."[15] Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times awarded the film 1 1/2 stars out of 4 claiming "its premise is lame, its plot relentlessly predictable, its characters with personalities that would distinguish picture books." [16]

Box office

On Friday, May 22, 2009, its opening day, the film's estimated gross was $15,568,708, coming in ahead of Terminator Salvation (which released on Thursday) in 4,096 theaters at #1, reaching up to $54.1 million on its opening weekend.[17] By comparison, Night at the Museum reached up to $30 million on its opening weekend in December 2006. The domestic revenue as of October 1, 2009, is $177.1 million along with $236.0 million from foreign countries with a total of $411,755,284 worldwide.[18][19]


Year Award Category Recipient Result
2009 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Comedy Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Won[20]

DVD and Blu-ray release

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian was made available onto a Two Disc Special Edition and also a Three Disc Edition on a Digital Copy. The DVD and Blu-ray was released on December 1, 2009.[21]

Artworks featured

Video game

The video game based on the film was released on May 5, 2009. It was fairly well-received in comparison to the majority of film-based video-games, netting a 7.5 out of 10 from

Cultural references

Amelia Earhart's plane, as seen in the film
  • When Larry and Amelia first enter the National Air and Space Museum, the characters are all in various states of takeoff or launch. Clint Howard, who portrays a Mission Control technician, played a similar role in the Ron Howard movie Apollo 13.
  • When Larry and Amelia fly the Wright Flyer out of the National Air and Space Museum, Able the Monkey held up two green flares as the plane flew overhead, parodying a scene from The Rock (film) when Nicolas Cage held up two green flares to prevent a sortie of F/A-18s from bombing the island.
  • The battle when Jedediah and Octavius fight in slow motion with dramatic movements against the shoes of their giant enemies is a parody of 300.
  • Similar to the previous movie, Able and Dexter slap Larry during the battle scene à la Three Stooges.
  • The hit song "My Heart Will Go On" from the film Titanic was sung by the cherubs during a kissing scene with Larry and Amelia.
  • "Lovebug" by the Jonas Brothers and "More Than a Woman" by the Bee Gees, was played by the cherubs who were voiced by the Jonas Brothers.
  • Larry tricks Kahmunrah and his men by claiming to show him "the cube of Rubik" (Rubik's Cube) in a crate which actually held a giant squid.
  • When Custer charges through the storage area, the music is "Garryowen," a traditional Irish tune that became the unofficial song of the U.S. Seventh Cavalry.
  • The scene where Larry infiltrates the Smithsonian is a parody of the film National Treasure. The scene also makes use of music which has motifs similar to music used in the aforementioned film.
  • In the scene where jets are being launched from the deck of an aircraft carrier, they have a "Green Shirt" giving the Launch command. In reality, on board a US carrier, "green shirts" are in charge of the catapult and arresting gear. "Yellow Shirts" are the only people on the flight deck authorized to move aircraft, or to give hand signals regarding taxiing the a/c, or moving it. Yellow shirts are the Flight Deck Officers and Plane Directors.
  • During the final credits, Joey Motorola is seen (in black and white) tinkering with the cell phone that Larry dropped inside the V-J Day in Times Square photograph. Historically, Motorola was founded in 1928 (as Galvin Manufacturing Corporation, the name was changed to Motorola two years later) by Paul Galvin and Joseph Galvin. "Motorola" is a blending of the words "motor" (as in motor car, as the company's main product at the time was car radios) and the suffix "rola" (as in Victrola) which was popular at the time.
  • When Larry infiltrates the National Archives the music motif is a homage to the ending of Raiders of the Lost Ark, where they place the ark into storage.
  • Ed Helms, Mindy Kaling and Craig Robinson from NBC's The Office can be seen playing minor roles during the film. Amy Adams (who plays Amelia Earhart) also starred in several episodes of the TV series during their first two seasons.
  • This is the 10th film that Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson have starred in together. Both are members of a highly labeled group of comedy actors known as the Frat Pack.
  • A mannequin of Neil Armstrong says "One step for mannequin" as a parody of when Neil said, "One small step for man," as he became the first man to step on the moon on July 20, 1969.
  • When Custer is knocked off the motorcycle, he yells "Fly you fool!" which is a famous line in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.
  • Several of Kahmunrah's henchmen ask if Kahmunrah is wearing a dress, to which he hotly replies "It is a Tunic!" This is vaguely ironic as Tunics are traditionally worn in Egypt and Greece and the actor who plays Kahmunrah, Hank Azaria, is of Greek decent. It is unknown if he wears Tunics when not in character.
  • The instrumental version of song Life in Technicolor by the English alternative rock band Coldplay can be heard during the ending of the film.
  • Hank Azaria who voices Kahmunrah is the voice actor from The Simpsons also voices Cheif Wiggum, Moe, Apu, etc.
  • When Larry takes credit for his new invention: The Glow-In-The-Dark flashlight it is actually a real invention.
  • It is unknown of what happened to Rebecca who was in the first film.
  • When Napolean Bonaparte is said to be a French leader his hat is worn in France (Sometimes Germany) and his actor is of French Descent.

Deleted Scenes

  • Brunden-A longer version of when Larry is looking at Kahmunrah's gate at the Castle
  • World Twister-This scene is two parts. The first is when Kahmunrah is having Napoleon and Ivan play Twister on a map of the world. The other part is when Al is looking at a newspaper in his exhibit. Then a mugshot of him says to go away.
  • How many bad guys can you fit in an elevator-This scene is showing Al, Napoleon, Ivan, and their henchmen in a elevator.
  • Moon Rover-Amelia is telling Larry that he lost the fun in his life.
  • Takin' Em Down Gangster Style-Al takes his gun and pretends to shoot in slow-mo. Then he explains that each is a bullet when he makes the sound.
  • Alternate Ending-It shows the former night guards asking Akmunrah about the tablet.


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  21. ^ DVD Release for Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

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