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We have all seen movies that have museums incorporated into them. However, there are movies that have great museum scenes that many people have forgotten about. Let us take a look at five classic movies that are top notch when it comes to museum scenes.


Blackmail is an Alfred Hitchcock classic that had audiences reeling in 1929. The film follows the life of a woman who is being blackmailed, and the story itself allowed audiences to see areas of the British Museum via a pursuit. If you love adventures, chases, and sitting on the edge of your seat, then you will certainly want to check out Alfred Hitchcock’s first movie to use sound.


Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a classic film that hit movie screens in 1986. Ferris Bueller, his girlfriend and best friend take the day off from school. The day is filled with adventures and a few instances of nearly getting caught by authority figures. One of their adventures led them to the Art Institute of Chicago. The audience is given a wonderful look at artworks as well as the certain sections of the museum. Also, Ferris and his friends become part of a school field trip in the museum! 


Night at the Museum is a great family film that gives the audience a behind-the-scenes look at the Natural History Museum in New York City. Dinosaurs, animals and Roman gladiators are just a few of the exhibits that come alive after the museum closes. They band together to help Larry Daley, the night security guard, foil a plan to steal a priceless and magical artifact. The audience is treated to learning about many historical figures as well as amazing chases. It begs the question: What would you do if a museum exhibit came to life before your eyes? 


One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing is a Disney film that made its debut in 1975. It is a tale that takes place in London in the middle of two wars, and it is full of exciting twists that leave you on the edge of your seat. The Natural History Museum is the main focus of a mastermind plot that seems to run awry. If you are interested in spies, smuggling, and a massive group of nannies working to save the day, then you will definitely want to check out this film.


Topkapi, from 1964, is one of the all-time classic heist movies, featuring exotic locations and an all-star, international cast. The climatic robbery sequence using deception, ropes, and acrobatics defies belief and steals your breath!  The object of the theft is the genuine, 18th-century Topkapi Dagger of Sultan Mahmud I, which is adorned with 31 diamonds and massive emeralds. It is on public display at the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul, Turkey. After the film’s release, it became an instant box office hit attracting large crowds all over the world. The Emerald Dagger and the Topkapi Museum also became internationally renowned and provided a tremendous boost to Istanbul’s tourist industry.  On an interesting side note, Topkapi inspired an actual, copy-cat museum theft.  In 1964, three men broke into the American Museum of Natural History in New York and escaped with the famous Star of India (world’s largest sapphire), the De Long Star Ruby, and the Midnight Star (world’s largest black sapphire). They were eventually apprehended and admitted in custody that they had seen the movie Topkapi prior to their robbery.