All museums have a little piece of history we know and a whole lot of history we've never crossed paths with. That's what makes a museum so amazing! The assortment of history, science, art and culture in one building. The Night at the Museum series is an amazing concept of bringing exhibits to life. How interactive would that tour be! True, we probably wouldn't be able to understand the Neanderthals and some other exhibits but it sure would be interesting.
This Friday, new life and exciting adventure are afoot at the museum once again. [Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb](movie:859388) is the most whimsical and action-packed piece of this series. This movie concept brings all ages together, rallying all your favorite characters from the past films and possibly some new favorites as well. With a whole lot of magic and a hint of parenting, this film is an awesome end to the series. It's the best night at the museum! Definitely my favorite of the three!
After watching the film, I had to do some reading on the exhibits again, take a walk through the museum with me!
Theodore Roosevelt - starring Robin Williams
Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt is the 26th President of the United States. This rough rider is depicted in Night at the Museum riding on a musty steed, Little Texas. Roosevelt was an esteemed President, the youngest man to assume the position post McKinley's assassination and one to receive the Noble Peace Prize for helping in the effort to end the Russo-Japanese War.
Random Fact: Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a defenseless bear during a hunting trip. Through this act of kindness, a candy shop owner asked permission to call the toy bears "Teddy's Bear". This rage and popularity has stuck to this toy we know today as the Teddy Bear.
Williams was truly an awesome addition to this series. Although his role wasn't the most significant, from start to finish each scene with him made it that much more enjoyable and comical. RIP to an inspiration, Robin Williams.
Ahkmenrah - starring Rami Malek
Ahkmenrah is an Egyptian Pharoah who own the Golden Tablet given to him by his father, Merenkahre. Ahkmenrah's tomb is guarded by two Jackal Guards, he also has a brother Kahmunrah who attempted to steal the tablet to revive the underworld.
Random Fact: PLOT TWIST, Ahkmenrah is fictional. His very existence could have changed Egyptian history as we know it.
Attila the Hun - starring Patrick Gallagher
Attila, more popularly known as Attila the Hun, was the most powerful barbaric leader of the Huns. Little is known about his youth, his come to power and many speculate about his death. Nevertheless, he was a most feared leader who led the huns into Europe and terrorizing the Eastern Roman Empire and ruling an empire across Europe.
Random Fact: There is no documented account of Attila's appearance, except through a second hand account:
"Short of stature, with a broad chest and a large head; his eyes were small, his beard thin and sprinkled with grey; and he had a flat nose and tanned skin, showing evidence of his origin."
Laa the Neaderthal - starring Ben Stiller
Laa is a Neaderthal. Neaderthals are an extinct species of human in the genus Homo. They are closely related to modern humans, as the impeccable resemblance to Ben Stiller holds true. They appear with a receding forehead and prominent brow ridges. Laa is a huge fan of 'popcorn', as most humans are while being in the presence of a movie.
Random Fact: Neaderthals are thought to think differently and can solve problems we may not be able too. You can get checked for how much Neanderthal DNA you have in you.
Jedediah & Octavius - starring Owen Wilson & Steve Coogan
Jedediah Smith is a trader and renown American explorer in the West. He trekked through the Rocky Mountains known as the "South Pass", the Mojave Desert becoming one of the first Americans to enter California from the East.
Random Fact: His pursuits along the "South Pass" created highways an paths for traders and explorers alike to follow and use these routes.
Historically, Octavius is the offspring father of his father, Gaius Octavius. Named after his father. He became the first Emperor in the founding of the Roman Empire, also known as Augustus.
Random Fact: Octavius was adopted by Julius Caesar, later became known as Augustus Caesar.
Sacagawea - starring Mizuo Peck
Sacagawea was a Lemhi Shoshone woman who accompanied the Lewis and Clark Expedition as an interpreter and guide during their exploration of the Western United States. She was pregnant with a child during this expedition and a crucial asset in the trip up the Missouri River.
Random Fact: Because no contemporary image of Sacagawea exists, the face on the coin was modeled on a modern Shoshone-Bannock woman named Randy'L He-dow Teton.
These historic figures, and some not, are just some of the exhibits that show up in the movies. Each exhibit has a unique story and a lot to learn about, take a trip to your museum. You'll be surprise what you'll find!
Which was your favorite from the Night at the Museum series?
Night at the Museum : Secret of the Tomb hits the theaters Friday, December 19th. Be sure to check out this last installment to the Night at the Museum series!