Start at the Smithsonian Castle where the tablet that started it all – the tablet of Ahkmenrah that allows the artifacts to come to life in the film – was kept. The Castle also houses the Smithsonian Information Center, a great starting place for any visit to the National Mall.
Walk down the block to visit Sacagawea at the National Museum of the American Indian and stop in for a quick bite at Mitsitam Cafe to taste traditional American Indian foods from fry bread to corn totopos.
Next, head over to the National Air and Space Museum to see artifacts and flying gear from the movie’s heroine, Amelia Earhart. Admire other artifacts that played a shining role in the blockbuster film including Abel the Space Monkey, the 1903 Wright Flyer and more.
Head toward the White House for dinner at Old Ebbitt Grill a favorite of Presidents Grant, Cleveland, Harding and Theodore Roosevelt. Order their signature oysters and other delectable dishes like parmesan-crusted trout and crab cakes.
Have a family-friendly stay in the nation’s capital at Holiday Inn Capitol and take advantage of their “Go Smithsonian” package that puts the adventures of Night at the Museum right at your fingertips for a price that won’t break the bank.