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Anyone else here harboured a dream to spend a night at the museum after watching the 2006 fantasy film starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams and Rami Malek?

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Well, then you’ll be pleased to know that Malaysian museums actually host Night at the Museum programmes!

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An annual event by the Malaysian Department of Museums, it takes place for one night a year, where school students (ages 13-17) curl up into sleeping bags among national treasures in museums across the country.

This year, the movie-fantasy-turned-reality took place on the eve of Merdeka in 36 museums, from Muzium Negara to Muzium Negeri Sarawak.

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While it’s plenty cool to be spending the night next to important artefacts, the programme was a triple threat with a pre-Merdeka celebratory party AND a record-making event.

Yes, these kids spent Merdeka eve singing national songs like “Jalur Gemilang” and “Keranamu Malaysia” while wearing tengkoloks!

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As a result, their efforts earned them a spot in the Malaysia Book of Records for “Most Number of Participants Wearing Tengkolok For An Educational Programme Night At The Museum.”

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FYI: This record-making event was done in collaboration with Yeo’s Malaysia.

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With 3,209 participants delving into the nation’s history and culture on 30th and 31st August, it’s certainly one of the most exciting (and appropriate) way to celebrate our Independence Day.

Besides obviously sowing seeds of pride amongst the nation’s young, the Department of Museums hope that this midnight extravaganza would strengthen the role of museums as an informal educational institution.

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We also have to say again how incredibly cool it is to spend a night at the museum. You’re literally sleeping with treasures!

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If any of the kids here want to join in the fun (sorry adults), just keep an eye out for announcements of the Museum Department’s website, Facebook or Instagram.

Fingers crossed you’ll come across a mini Owen Wilson cowboy!

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