Night At The Museum starring Ben Stiller was a smash-hit over the Australian summer. Stiller plays Larry Daley, a divorced father who is down on his luck. He has lots of ideas and dreams but none seem to come to fruition. To prove his stability to his ex-wife and son, Larry accepts a job as a night guard at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
For 125 years, the museum has been one of the world's pre-eminent science and research institutions. It is renowned for its collections which illuminate millions of years of the earth's evolution, from the birth of the planet to the present day.
But back to Larry.
The elderly night guards who hire him, played by legends Mickey Rooney, Dick Van Dyke and Bill Cobbs, neglect to mention one crucial detail. When the museum is closed, everything inside comes to life. Attila the Hun, miniature Roman soldiers, African mammals and dinosaur skeletons fill the museum with lively activity. A fearsome T-Rex insists on playing fetch with one of his own skeleton bones. It becomes Larry's job to control the mayhem and to prove to his son that he is a great man after all.
Ben Stiller's mother Anne Meara has a small role and others to appear include Paul Rudd, Carla Gugino, Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan and a sneaky monkey who constantly gets the better of Larry.
Visitor numbers to the museum have gone through the roof. It's proven so popular that families and groups with children aged eight to 12 can now enjoy a sleepover at the museum. As the doors close and the lights dim, you head out with flashlights in search of adventure.
Sleepovers start at 5.45pm and go through to 9am the next day. Visitors check in with their sleeping bag and pillow, sleeping clothes and toiletries. Everyone is provided with a cot in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life and can visit the lower level, first and fourth floors and Rose for Earth and Space area.
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles has a special exhibition featuring the characters of Night At The Museum. Joining with the museum's extensive collections of natural and cultural history are the movie's memorable props.
There is the life-sized Theodore Roosevelt figure mounted on his horse, played by Robin Williams in the movie. Ben Stiller's security guard uniform is there, along with Attila and his Huns, a Neanderthal from the movie dioramas, Ahkmenrah's ancient magic tablet and gold sarcophagus, Octavius' Roman centurion armour and much more.
A focal point is the newly created Rexy, the film's playful T Rex, four metres tall and 6.5-metres long.
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American Museum of Natural History sleepovers are around $95 per person. Children must be between eight and 12 years of age and chaperones must be at least 21. General admission to the museum is around $15 for adults and $10 for children. It is open from 10am-5.45pm.
The Night at the Museum exhibition at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles runs until September 16, 2007. It is open from 9.30am to 5pm on weekdays and 10am to 5pm on weekends and holidays. Entry is around $11 for adults and $8 for children. Entry is free on the first Tuesday of every month.
Night At The Museum will be released on DVD around Australia on May 9, 2007.
Air New Zealand has flights to Los Angeles.
- Sydney, $1770
- Melbourne, $1850
- Brisbane, $1855
- Adelaide, $2070
- Perth, $2255
Sale subject to availability and valid for travel between November 1 and December 9, 2007.
Prices quoted are correct at May 3, 2007.
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5912, USA
Ph: 0011 1 212 769 5100
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
900 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles Ca 90007 USA
Ph: 0011 1 213 763 3466
Air New Zealand
Ph: 132 476