- “You would not believe how stuffy it is in there.”
- ― Ahkmenrah about his dusty mummification wrappings
Ahkmenrah is an Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh who, with his tablet, came to the Museum in 1952. He is portrayed by Rami Malek. He is a major character in Night at the Museum, a supporting character in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, one of the three tritagonists (the other two being Laaa and Nicholas Daley) of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and a major character in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Lost Tablet.
Ahkmenrah was dug up near the Nile River in Egypt, in 1938, during the Nile Expedition. His mummy, along with his 24-carat gold tablet, was brought to the Egyptology Department of Cambridge University to be displayed. Afterwards, he was brought to the Museum of Natural History in New York City. The tablet brought everything to life that night. He is guarded by two 20-foot-tall Jackal Guards.
His tablet was given to him by his parents some 4,000 years ago, entrusting him with one of his people's most prize possessions.
Night At The Museum
The Mummy of Ahkmenrah is shown in its exhibit with a slab over its sarcophagus to keep him from emerging. He is released by Larry when he and Nick get stuck in the Pharaoh's tomb and are being threatened by Ahkmenrah's Anubis statues. Upon removing the wrappings from his head, Ahkmenrah states how stuffy it was in his sarcophagus. He speaks English as he was on display at the Egyptology Department in Cambridge University. Ahkmenrah helps Larry in reclaiming the tablet and getting all the exhibits back to the museum. Near the end of the film he uses his tablet to command the Exhibits back inside.
Battle of the Smithsonian
He makes a brief appearance at the start but has a bigger part at the end where he is giving a lecture on the Tablet to visitors of the Museum. During the film, it is revealed that he had an older brother named Kahmunrah. It's also revealed that his parents favoured him more than his older brother, to which Kahmunrah told Larry Daley that their parents gave Ahkmenrah "the best of everything", including the throne, which Kahmunrah was supposed to inherit first. After Ahkmenrah's death, presumably caused by his jealous brother, Kahmunrah ascended to the throne. It can be assumed that his reign had not lasted long due to his sadistic nature.
Secret of the Tomb
Ahkmenrah and the rest of the Museum residents start acting strangely due to the Tablet losing its magic. The symptoms include freezing back to wax, normally peaceful characters becoming violent, Teddy losing his memory and babbling unintelligibly and Ahkmenrah becoming ill. Ahkmenrah is affected more than anyone else because it is his tablet and is later revealed by his father that the tablet was made with Khonsu's magic to keep the royal family together, even after death, which is why the tablet brings the museum to life. Larry, his son Nick, and a few of the favourites of the NYC gang travel to London, England and to the British Museum to find Ahkmenrah's parents, who know the secrets of the tablet and possibly what is wrong with it. During the film, the young pharaoh steadily gets worse with every tablet flare-up and toward the end he almost reverts back to his dead, full-mummy form.
Both of Ahkmenrah's parents are introduced in this film.
Real Life Basis
Ahkmenrah wasn't an actual pharaoh in Egyptian History and is not visibly based on any specific pharaoh. It is conceivable that some inspiration was taken from King Tutankhamun, the Boy King, another very young pharaoh who ruled and died suddenly from some unexplained cause.
- The first film mentions that his tomb was discovered and brought to New York in 1956, however the third film shows that Robert and Cecil discovered his tomb in 1938.
- However, those 18 years may have been the time in which he was on display at Cambridge University.
- In an early version of the script for Battle of the Smithsonian, during a conversation with Larry, Kahmunrah reveals that he murdered Ahkmenrah. He would have been an Egyptian counterpart of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" character, Claudius, if this information was in the final film.
- It's never explained why Ahkmenrah was sealed in his coffin since arriving at the museum. One theory is that night guards before even Cecil Fredericks thought that letting a real person out and about, not a stature or other fake figure, was more unpredictable and dangerous. Besides, pharaohs weren't known for their kind spirits and agreeable natures.
- Although not mentioned in the movies, it is a popular fan theory that Ahkmenrah is claustrophobic because of his time trapped in his sarcophagus, wrapped tightly in the bandages.