Legacy of the Dragonborn
No differences between SSE and Classic

The robbed museum

The quest starts after completing An Interesting Prospect or the Relic Hunter start equivalent and having reached a display count of 400.

Once you have fulfilled all the prerequisites, leave the museum. It can take up to 24 ingame hours before the quest starts.

  • It will not start if you stay in the museum.
  • If Night at the Museum is already running, it must be completed before this quest will start.


When returning to the museum with all requirements fulfilled, the whole place will look like a mess. Talk to Avram Shazir to find out what happened.

Investigate Windcaller Pass for signs of robbers.

First stolen artifacts

North Windcaller Pass is located east of Whiterun on the northern side of the Throat of the World. The entrance is called North Windcaller's pass, inside are a few Alik'r Warriors. After defeating them, you'll find some of the stolen museum artifacts on the far side of the room.

Find clues of where to go next.

Note in Windcaller Pass

With only some of the artifacts retrieved you'll need to find out where the rest is at. Find and read the note on the crate next to the lantern.

Tell Avram about the note.

Have a chat with Avram, then leave Windcaller's pass and meet with him near the caravan which is located east of Falkreath at Peak's Shade Tower.

Stop the caravan before it can reach the Skyrim border.

Second stolen artifacts

Avram suggests three possibilities to take on the Alik'r Warriors guarding the caravan, a full assault, a ranged or a stealth attack. Whichever you choose depends on your personal playstyle and has no influence on the outcome. Defeat the Alik'r and retrieve some more of your artifacts from their wagon.

Confront Jelal at Engelmann's Rest.

Go to Engelmann's Rest located high in the mountains south of Helgen, a bit east from the Pale Cave, and make your way through the dungeon.

Near the end of the first zone there is a room with a Hagraven named Syndra. To the right of the exit gate you'll find the Hands of the Atronach on an altar.

Continue on to Engelmann's Sanctuary and make your way through the dungeon. Near the end, you'll come across a key-locked door. The key to open it can be found on the altar to the right. Continue to the last room where Jelal waits.

  • Classic: After entering the room a cutscene will play where Jelal will be greeting Avram.
  • SSE: You now have free movement during the scene and can choose to kill Jelal before he finishes his dialogue, or let it play out.

At the end of Jelal's speech a bunch of Alik'r will appear and you'll have to defend yourself. Loot the key from Jelal's body once the fight is over.

Find the remaining stolen artifacts.

Third stolen artifacts

Continue up the flight of stairs. In an alcove to the left there is a hidden pull chain that will open a concealed door. Behind the door is a locked gate which needs Jelal's key to open; inside the cage the rest of the stolen museum artifacts can be retrieved.

Speak with Avram.

Avram promises to return in a couple of days now that all of this is over.

Return the artifacts to Auryen at the museum.

Return to the museum and give the artifacts to Auryen. He will express his surprise that you managed to retrieve all of the museum artifacts and will restore the museum back to normal. Leave for a while, the quest will automatically update once the cleanup is complete.

In Classic, this reset can take up to a whole ingame week, in SSE it takes two days. Note that while you can continue to use the safehouse, you must enter the Museum through the front door and cannot enter from the safehouse until the reset has been completed.

Return to the Museum.

The museum is now back to it's old self. Have a last chat with Avram. He'll give you his family sword: Hagram's Light.

Quest Stages

Shadows of One's Past (DBM_MuseumHeist)
Stage Journal Entry
5, 6 [Technical stages - Startup, sets up ransacked museum]
10 [Sets up Windcaller Pass bandits and loot]

The Museum has been robbed! People from Avram's shady past have made off with the contents of the museum, and now we must head to Windcaller Pass to try and locate them.

Objective 10: Investigate Windcaller Pass for signs of robbers

15 We've regained some stolen artifacts but it doesn't account for all of what was stolen. I should look for clues on where to go next.

Objective 15: Find clues of where to go next

20 I've found a note which mentions Engelmann's Rest as a potential hideout for the robbers. We may be able to find more there. I should talk to Avram about the note.

Objective 20: Tell Avram about the note

25 [enables caravan]

Avram knows the location of Engelmann's Rest, but we had better catch up with a caravan heading west before it can make it out of Skyrim.

Objective 25: Stop the caravan before it can reach the Skyrim border

26 [Technical stage]
27 [Technical stage, objective updates after defeating the Alik'r]

Objective 27: Retrieve the artifacts

30-32 We've managed to retrieve more of the stolen artifacts from Jelal's caravan bound for Hammerfell. We should now head towards Engelmann's Rest and confront Jelal himself.

Objective 30: Confront Jelal at Engelmann's Rest

33 [Technical stage]
35 Avram has confronted Jelal, who turned out to be his brother. We were forced to kill him and his men. We should search for the remaining stolen artifacts.

Objective 35: Find the remaining stolen artifacts

40 I have found the remaining stolen artifacts from the museum. I need to speak with Avram.

Objective 40: Speak with Avram

45 Avram is staying behind to bury his brother Jelal while I return the artifacts to Auryen at the museum so he can put things back in order.

Objective 45: Return the artifacts to Auryen at the museum

50 I've returned the artifacts to Auryen at the museum. It will take him a couple days, but he will get the museum back in order.

Objective 50: Give Auryen a couple days to get the museum in order

55 Auryen should have the museum back in order now. I should stop in soon and see if everything is back to normal.

Objective 55: Return to the museum

60 [completes quest]

The museum is now back to normal and all the relics back where they belong. Avram has returned and given me his father's sword in thanks for my understanding and giving him the chance to redeem himself.