The popular blockbuster film series “Night at the Museum” features a security guard played by Ben Stiller who takes a job at the Natural History Museum.

During his night shift, he makes the startling discovery that an Egyptian curse brings the museum's exhibits to life once the doors close for the evening.

On Jan. 26, Coastal Heritage Society will host its own version of “Night at the Museum” at the Savannah History Museum. While there is no creepy curse bringing these exhibits to life, the annual event does take visitors through night guard training and then on a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum, where guests will be able to interact with historic characters from Savannah History Museum’s exhibits.

 

The event features a 90-minute interactive program and guests will have the option to choose from two time slots for the program: 5-6:30 p.m. or 6:30-8 p.m. Guests can also watch the film, “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” at either 3 p.m. or 8 p.m. Film screening is optional and seating is first come, first served.

Do Savannah caught up with Holly Elliott of Coastal Heritage Society to get an idea of what guests can expect at this special event and how parents can prepare their kiddos to get the most out of this historical adventure.

What can guests experience at "Night at the Museum”?

Elliott: “Guests can expect an evening of fun inspired by the ‘Night at the Museum’ film series. Each event ticket includes a screening of the film ‘Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,’ night guard training to learn how to care for the exhibits and a behind-the-scenes tour complete with museum characters including Casimir Pulaski, Flannery O’Connor, a Central of Georgia Railroad worker, Susie King Taylor and many more.”

When you say guests can interact with these live historical characters, what does that mean exactly?

Elliott: “We will have real-life characters educating each visitor about the different exhibits in Savannah History Museum. Each character will have a take-away to give the guest — for example, Flannery O’Connor will be giving out peacock feathers — and the guests can ask more questions about the time period, character or the exhibit they are sharing about. Through these real-life characters, we are bringing history to life.”

What suggestions do you have for parents to prepare their children for the event?

Elliott: “We will provide a lot of background information on the films and the care of the exhibits. The main recommendation we have for attendees is to bring their thinking caps, because they will be helping us solve a puzzle through clues from each exhibit."

What ages is this event geared toward?

Elliott: “The event is primarily geared toward children ages 6 to 12. That said, we have had some very young children and some teens and adults enjoy the event over the years. Anyone who loves the film series and has a desire to learn more about history will be able to appreciate the event.”

What do you hope guests will learn/experience/walk away with?

Elliott: “We hope guests will learn a bit more about our unique local history and the different individuals that helped build Savannah, while having fun at our museum. We are always very excited about ‘Night at the Museum,’ because thanks to Savannah’s rich and vibrant history, we always have room to add new characters and perspectives to the event each year.”