Month: September 2017

Night At The Museum 3 – Akhmenrah

The incredibly popular Night At The Museum franchise has included many fascinating characters, but arguably one of the best is Akhmenrah. This Pharaoh from ancient Egypt arrived in the Museum back in 1952, bringing the tablet that is central to the plot. Originally believed to be evil, he turns out to be a hero that helps to save the day, getting the tablet back from the dodgy night guards. In the first movie, Akhmenrah spends most of the action being sealed inside his sarcophagus, however during the subsequent movies, he has been released to wander the museum at will. There is, however, a fan theory that suggests that the ancient Pharaoh has been left with an ongoing fear of enclosed spaces due to his thousands of years spent trapped inside his bandages.

Akhmenrah’s History

Portrayed by actor Rami Malek in the movies, Ahkmenrah is one of Night at the Museum’s most visible characters, appearing in all three movies (albeit only briefly in the second movie – Battle Of The Smithsonian). Born as the second son of Shepsehert and Merenkahre (who we finally meet in the third movie), Akhmenrah has an older brother, called Kahmunrah. His sarcophagus was discovered in 1938 close to the Nile in Egypt. His mummy, together with the gold tablet, was taken to Cambridge University’s Egyptology Department where it was displayed for many years (and in which time he learned to speak English!) In 1952, Akhmenrah was brought to New York, to the Museum of Natural History, where his tablet started to bring all of the exhibits to life during the night. The 4000 year old tablet was a gift from his parents, and was considered to be one of the most prized possessions of his people.

Akhmenrah In The Secret Of The Tomb

Night at the museum 3 Ahkmenrah plays a major role in the third movie of the franchise, with his tablet yet again featuring heavily. When the tablet starts to lose its magic, all of the Museum residents begin to act strangely, with peaceful characters suddenly becoming violent, others going back to their wax state and Teddy Roosevelt having lost his memory. Since the tablet belongs to Ahkmenrah, he feels the effects more than any of the others, becoming ill. It is revealed that the magic tablet had been made using Khonsu magic, with the aim of keeping the royal family closely united, even in death, and this is why it is able to bring the Museum and its residents to life. The gang from the Natural History Museum take it upon themselves to go to London to find Ahkmenrah’s family who are in the British Museum.

Was There A Real Life Akhmenrah?

There was no real Pharaoh called Akhmenrah in ancient Egypt, and his story does not appear to be based on any particular real-life person. It is possible that inspiration was derived from the Boy King, Tutankhamun, who was another young pharaoh who met his sudden death from an unexplained cause.