Landseer Lions
The Lions in the Film
Trafalgar Square Lions
Created by
Sir Edwin Landseer
Created in
1867 (emplaced)

The Trafalgar Square Lions make up a group of four famous statues which come to life in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. The statues are commonly known as the Landseer Lions after the artist who created them.


Edwin Landseer, a famous painter known for above all for his dogs, and horses was asked to design the lions in 1858. It took him some time before he finally completed the first out of the four lions in 1866.

Almost a century and a half later though, the Trafalgar Square lions have become among the most popular of London’s statues, and as predicted by the Athenaeum in 1863, they are indeed being continually climbed upon, though by tourists and native Londoners rather than merely ‘urchins’.


Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

The four lions appear in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb when Larry and the other exhibits travel to London. The Tablet brings the statues to life with all of the other exhibits at the British Museum. The lions cause trouble for Larry when he needs to find Sir Lancelot after he has run away with the Tablet, after watching a video on cats trying to grab the light coming from a torch, the group know how to get pass. Larry uses his torch and shines it on the ground causing the lions to start chasing it around.

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