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September 2018 Writing Prompt – Night at the Museum

Did you ever see the 2006 movie Night at the Museum? In it, a natural history museum security guard gets more than he bargained for when he discovers that an ancient curse causes the museum’s taxidermy animals and exhibits to come to life. As expected, this event creates chaos that he has to manage.

I’ve always wanted to spend the night in a museum and have those treasured objects all to myself in the quiet darkness. It is definitely a fun exercise to imagine some of those objects coming to life and interacting with me.

Sometimes the buildings that house the objects are even more memorable and beautiful than the objects themselves. I’d love to just be in one of those grand, quiet spaces alone.

I’ll be spending time at Orlando Museum of Art this month and next, and I’m excited for that contemplation of and interaction with the art there. I want to discover the stories behind the work and discover what stories they bring out of me.

Have you had a meaningful or memorable museum experience of any kind you could share? Is there a history, science, art, natural history, aviation, or other kind of museum you have always wanted to visit? Is there a collection or an object you’d like to see in person? What is it that draws you to that place or object?

If you were to be allowed a night in a museum, where would you go? What would you want to see? What if that object or collection came to life?

Write your museum stories in the comments below so we can all enjoy them.



  • Phyllis Walters
    Posted September 7, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    I’ve heard of writing by a babbling brook or in some other natural setting but.. this is the epitome of creativity! Writing in a museum. Wish I could be there. I will be writing by the sea! Ormond Beach with a balcony! I have a speaking engagement coming up at a Women’s Retreat. Their theme is the Sweetness Cafe! The topic is Life is Sweet when you serve God. !

  • Ann Haas
    Posted September 7, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    This is such a creative way to engage people in writing as well as appreciating art at the same time. I wish I could replicate this concept at our local art museum in Akron, Ohio. Excellent program!

  • Linda
    Posted September 8, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    My most memorable experience remains a teenage trip to the library of congress.
    From early childhood I have loved books and spending time in a library was so exciting.
    When we entered the library of congress I was so overwhelmed, it took my breath away.

    The gleaming golden shelves, astounding architecture, and immeasurable bounty of texts; almost everything written in our country since 1815.
    A dream come true for an avid reader and would be writer.
    My most treasured wish would be to spend as much time there as I want, wandering among the earliest volumes and attempting to absorb the wisdom of the authors.

    If they could come alive and interact, what a magical thing to behold.

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