From 2006 to 2022, this is a guide on how to watch the “Night at the Museum” movies in order, and how many “Night at the Museum” movies are there.
How many “Night at the Museum” movies are there?
As of when writing this post, there are currently three major “Night at the Museum” movies, and one spin-off, spanning over 16 years with the first three major films released between 2006 – 2014, and the spin-off, which surprisingly, is an animation, released in 2022.
“Night at the Museum” movies in order
Here’s the correct order to watch the “Night at the Museum” movies.
|Night at the Museum
|Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
|Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
|Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again
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Night at the Museum (2006)
The first film in the franchise was a major hit when it was released 16 years ago. The film follows the adventures of Larry Daley, a down-on-his-luck divorced father who takes a job as a night security guard at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Larry hopes this job will help him get his life back on track and prove himself to his skeptical ex-wife, Erica. Little does he know that this job will be unlike any other.
On his first night, Larry is introduced to the eccentric museum’s three elderly guards, Cecil, Gus, and Reginald. They warn him that things can get pretty strange after dark, but Larry dismisses their advice, thinking they’re just joking.
As night falls, Larry discovers the incredible secret of the museum. The exhibits come to life, thanks to an ancient Egyptian tablet that causes everything in the museum to spring to life each night. This enchantment brings historical and prehistoric characters, including the wax figures, dioramas, and dinosaur skeletons, to life. The night guard is soon faced with the task of maintaining order among these lively, often unruly, historical figures.
Some of the museum’s notable inhabitants include President Theodore Roosevelt, Sacagawea, Attila the Hun, and a playful capuchin monkey named Dexter. Larry also encounters a wax model of a Neanderthal man who often proves to be a mischievous troublemaker.
Larry turns to Dr. McPhee, the museum’s curator, for help. Together, they try to unravel the mystery of the ancient tablet and find a way to control the chaos that the living exhibits cause each night.
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
In the second installment in the movie franchise, the story picks up with Larry now a successful inventor and businessman, having left his job as the night guard at the museum. However, he soon learns that the magical tablet that brings exhibits to life is being moved to the Federal Archives at the Smithsonian Institution. Larry’s friends from the previous film, including Teddy Roosevelt, Jedediah, Octavius, and Sacagawea, are at risk of becoming dormant again.
Determined to save his friends and the tablet, Larry travels to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Upon his arrival, he discovers that the tablet has brought many of the Smithsonian’s exhibits to life, including the pharaoh Kahmunrah, who seeks to use the tablet’s power for nefarious purposes.
Larry also encounters new historical characters, such as Amelia Earhart, who becomes an ally in his quest. The two embark on a thrilling adventure to outsmart Kahmunrah and his army of historical villains, including Ivan the Terrible, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Al Capone.
The film takes viewers on a whirlwind tour of the Smithsonian’s many exhibits, including the National Air and Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art, and the National Archives. Each location presents unique challenges and humorous encounters with iconic historical figures.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)
In this installment, Larry is now a successful businessman running his own company, Daley Devices, but he’s faced with a problem. The magical tablet that brings the museum’s exhibits to life is starting to deteriorate, causing the characters to behave erratically. This endangers the very existence of the tablet’s magic and the museum itself.
Larry realizes that the only way to save the tablet is to go on a quest to the British Museum in London, where he believes he can find answers to the tablet’s origins. He embarks on this adventure, accompanied by his son Nick and a few of his familiar museum friends, including Teddy Roosevelt, Jedediah, and Octavius.
Upon their arrival at the British Museum, they encounter a new set of historical and mythical characters, including Sir Lancelot and a mischievous, talking Neanderthal named Laa. The group must navigate the British Museum’s exhibits, which come to life at night, and solve the mystery of the tablet’s origins before it’s too late.
As the adventure unfolds, Larry and his companions learn about the history and significance of the tablet, its connection to an ancient Egyptian pharaoh, and the importance of preserving history for future generations. They face challenges, puzzles, and humorous situations throughout their quest.
And there you have it, folks, the “Night at the Museum” movies in order, and how many “Night at the Museum” movies are there.
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