Night at the Museum is an action-adventure movie in which a father, struggling for acceptance by his son, is torn between a dream job as an inventor and finding a dull, steady job. He is pushed to the wire when his ex-wife will not allow him to visit his son unless he finds gainful employment and an acceptable place to live. The downtrodden father then finds a job as a night watchman for the local natural history museum, which definitely seems dull and steady. Things take a surprising turn at night, when things are not as quiet as they seem at the museum. The resulting nightly adventures give plenty of excitement to the man's job, and also provide the promise of gaining his son's trust back.