Museum Secrets visits world’s greatest museums

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Museum Secrets and History Television travel to the world’s most interesting museums


Every Thursday at 10PM Museum Secrets and History Television invites viewers to join them as they visit the world’s greatest museums.

In every episode, Museum Secrets travels to one extraordinary museum, taking viewers beyond the public galleries, into hidden places visitors are rarely allowed to see.

For travelers, museum lovers, and history buffs, below is a list of the must-visit museums featured on season two of Museum Secrets, including a sneak peek at some of the hidden history that Museum Secrets uncovers this season.

1. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia: Founded by Catherine the Great, the State Hermitage Museum is one of the world’s oldest and largest museums boasting 3 million treasures of art and antiquity, and visited by over 2 million people every year.

Uncover with MUSEUM SECRETS: In a gallery devoted to famous paintings, Museum Secrets unveils a small square canvas painted completely black, why Dictator Joseph Stalin hated the black square and why today it is worth one million dollars.

2. THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY,NEW YORK, USA: From dinosaurs to meteorites to the origins of the human species, the American Museum of Natural History houses 32 million objects, is visited by over 4 million people annually, and has a stellar research staff that mounts over 100 expeditions every year.

Uncover with MUSEUM SECRETS: Museum Secrets follows museum explorers as they capture animals to extract their DNA, to be preserved in the museum’s sub-zero storage facility – a blueprint of life for future generations.

3. National Archeological Museum of Athens, athens, greece: The world’s most important museum dedicated to the history of ancient Greece, the National Archaeological Museum displays 11,000 exhibits from 7000 BC to the Roman conquest.

Uncover with MUSEUM SECRETS: Museum Secrets meets an engineer who has spent a lifetime recreating an ancient gadget called the Antikythera Mechanism to reveal its mysterious purpose.

4. THE Imperial War Museum, LONDON, UK: The Imperial War Museum tells the story of Britain at war, from World War One to the present, through a collection of 10 million items – from guns to planes to medals to cyanide pills – at five locations in England visited by over 2 million people every year.

Uncover with MUSEUM SECRETS: Museum Secrets descends into Churchill’s top-secret underground bunker to discover why he was an irreplaceable leader.

5. National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City, MEXICO: This impressive modern museum, visited by 2 million people every year, tells the story of Mexico from before the Aztec civilization to the Spanish conquest.

Uncover with MUSEUM SECRETS: A chemical engineer and some Mexican athletes help Museum Secrets discover whether the rubber ball used on the ancient Aztec playing field contained a human skull.

6. Pergamon and Neues Museums, Berlin, GERMANY: On the famed “Museum Island” in the river that winds through Berlin are the Pergamon and Neues Museums which display some of the most spectacular objects from the ancient world.

Uncover with MUSEUM SECRETS: Museum Secrets gazes at the incomparable bust of Nefertiti with an historian who believes her beauty secret was more than skin deep

7. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, AUSTRIA: The Kunsthistorisches Museum is a treasury of antiquities and weaponry collected by the royal family known as the Habsburgs – a dynasty that ruled much of Europe for 500 years.

Uncover with MUSEUM SECRETS: Museum Secrets visits the crypt that entombs many generations of the Habsburg royal family and then meets a geneticist who is attempting to discover how inbreeding led to their demise.

8. Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, TURKEY: Once the palace of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire, Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul is a vast treasury of Islamic culture, science and weaponry, visited by over 2 million people every year.

Uncover with MUSEUM SECRETS: Museum Secrets tests Islamic scientific theories to create a working model of the world’s first robot.