14 Hidden Scenes in National Treasure

Following is our collection of National Treasure facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of National Treasure film message.

Actor Sean Bean hid a reference to his favourite football team, Sheffield United FC.

I'm National Treasure (2004), the guard that discovers the break in at the Gala calls himself Mike and his last name is briefly visible on his name tag.
I'm National Treasure (2004), the guard that discovers the break in at the Gala calls himself Mike and his last name is briefly visible on his name tag.

National Treasure Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - Sean Bean's character is staying at the Watergate Hotel while plotting to steal the Declaration of Independence
    Sean Bean's character is staying at the Watergate Hotel while plotting to steal the Declaration of Independence

National Treasure Hidden Facts

Ian digs through a barrel of gun powder before catching a flare in the same hand. This is what causes his hand to catch on fire.

1 - Riley failed book is just the second inaugural address of Ronald Reagan
Riley failed book is just the second inaugural address of Ronald Reagan
1 - The scene in National Treasure (2004) when the Declaration of Independence is being carried away by Nick Cage into an elevator, seems to pay homage to Terminator 2: Judgement day (1991), where the T-1000 is chasing the protagonists into an elevator.
The scene in National Treasure (2004) when the Declaration of Independence is being carried away by Nick Cage into an elevator, seems to pay homage to Terminator 2: Judgement day (1991), where the T-1000 is chasing the protagonists into an elevator.
1 - When Ben is being interviewed by Sadusky about the treasure, he has an epiphany when looking at the glasses on the table which shows the word "unless" in the lense followed by him saying "... there's more to it".
When Ben is being interviewed by Sadusky about the treasure, he has an epiphany when looking at the glasses on the table which shows the word "unless" in the lense followed by him saying "... there's more to it".
1 - The shot dissolves from the grandfather a shot of the pyramids, but the grandfather's eye remains, an homage to the pyramid on the back of the $1 bill.
The shot dissolves from the grandfather a shot of the pyramids, but the grandfather's eye remains, an homage to the pyramid on the back of the $1 bill.
1 - While Ben prepares for the heist we get a brief view of the folder containing the copies of the Silence Dogood letters, with sticky notes on the front stating they are only copies, way before they even come up as important.
While Ben prepares for the heist we get a brief view of the folder containing the copies of the Silence Dogood letters, with sticky notes on the front stating they are only copies, way before they even come up as important.
1 - A fade between a shot of Ben's Grandfather and a shot of the pyramids shows a version of the "All Seeing Eye" for a brief moment.
A fade between a shot of Ben's Grandfather and a shot of the pyramids shows a version of the "All Seeing Eye" for a brief moment.

This restroom in National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) reappears in A Star Is Born (2018).

1 - The masonic medallion has several symbols on it, one of which appears to be the emblem of the State of Israel, showing the origin of the Knights Templar and their treasure
The masonic medallion has several symbols on it, one of which appears to be the emblem of the State of Israel, showing the origin of the Knights Templar and their treasure

When the grandfather is telling the young Nic Cage the story of the treasure involving the Egyptians to the Freemasons, a scene transition shows the unfinished pyramid using his own eye.

National Treasure poster
National Treasure poster

National Treasure Plot

A historian races to find the legendary Templar Treasure before a team of mercenaries.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of National Treasure. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Action, Adventure, Mystery, Thriller
Director Jon Turteltaub
Stars Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Sean Bean
IMDB score 6.8