Museums & the Movies – Part 2: Museums in a Supporting Role

February 27, 2011

Entertainment

Without further ado, here is Part 2 of the ‘Museums & the Movies’ guide to get you in the mood for tonight’s Oscars, with movies featuring museums in one or more significant scene but not as the main plot premise. As I mentioned in Part 1, I haven’t actually had the chance to see all of these yet, so apologies for any errors.

Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Location: USA
Starring: a museum

Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
Location: Los Angeles
Starring: Griffith Observatory

Vertigo (1958)
Location: San Francisco
Starring: Palace of the Legion of Honor

Bedknobs & Broomsticks (1971)
Location: Dorset, England
Starring: local weaponry museum

Play It Again, Sam (1972)
Location: USA
Starring: a museum

Manhattan (1979)
Location: New York City
Starring: Hayden Planetarium (also: Parke – Bernet Galleries Inc.; Castelli Gallery; Museum of Modern Art)

Time After Time (1979)
Location: San Francisco
Starring: a museum

Dressed To Kill (1980)
Location: New York City
Starring: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Location: Washington, D.C.
Starring: The Smithsonian Institution

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Location: Chicago
Starring: Art Institute of Chicago

Manhunter (1986)
Location: Atlanta
Starring: High Museum of Art

Batman (1989)
Location: Gotham City
Starring: Flugelheim Museum

Ghostbusters 2 (1989)
Location: New York City
Starring: Manhattan Museum of Art

Hocus Pocus (1993)
Location: Salem, Massachusetts
Starring: former museum about the Sanderson sisters

The Mummy (1999)
Location: Cairo
Starring: Museum of Antiquities

The Mummy Returns (2001)
Location: London
Starring: The British Museum

National Treasure (2004)
Location: Washington, D.C.
Starring: The National Archives

Ocean’s Twelve (2004)
Location: Rome
Starring: an art museum

Hitch (2005)
Location: New York City
Starring: Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Match Point (2005)
Location: London
Starring: Tate Modern

The Da Vinci Code (2006)
Location: Paris
Starring: The Louvre

Me & Orson Welles (2008)
Location: New York City
Starring: Metropolitan Museum of Art

The International (2009)
Location: New York City
Starring: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief (2010)
Location: (1) New York City; (2) Nashville
Starring: (1) Metropolitan Museum of Art; (2) Parthenon

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
Location: New York City
Starring: Metropolitan Museum of Art

When in Rome (2010)
Location: New York City
Starring: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

In Part 1: Museums in a Leading Role

If you can think of any other movies where museums play a supporting role, or have any corrections to suggest, please add your information in the comments section. Thank you.

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