Mysteries: Madame Tussaud and WD-40 Pictures

Learn the history behind the namesake of one of New York City’s most popular museums, learn how a nickel could be worth millions and more.
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At Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in New York City’s Times Square, is a wax figure that’s not instantly recognizable to the average visitor. But Madame Tussaud’s intelligence and innate talent helped her launch one of the world’s most unique art forms.

Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum has roots dating back to Paris in 1770. There, the museum’s namesake learned the art of wax modeling from her mentor, Dr. Philippe Curtius. In 2000, a Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum opened in Times Square.

At the Municipal Archives in New York City is a black and white negative that contains an image of a deadly weapon used in a sinister plot. How was one woman enlisted to become an unlikely assassin and what became of the man who orchestrated this bizarre tale of love and revenge?

New York’s Municipal Archives was founded in 1950 and is home to records, census data and directories that help its patrons research their family history.

On the grounds of the San Diego Air & Space Museum stands a colossal missile. When a corrosion problem threatened to ground this powerful projectile for good, the search for a solution led to the creation of one of the country’s most common household products: WD-40.

The San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park has more than 120 pieces of aircrafts in their collection.

At the Money Museum in Colorado Springs, CO, is a tiny 5-cent piece that has become one of the world’s most valuable coins, worth over $3.1 million today.

The Money Museum at the American Numismatic Association houses a number of galleries dedicated to the association’s comprehensive collection of coins and paper money.

The Kansas Museum of History in Topeka houses a 6-foot-long rusted piece of metal with a sharp point, known as the John Brown Pike. This artifact was part of an infamous armed rebellion that put the nation firmly on the road to war.

The Kansas Historical Society was founded in 1875, and today, the museum sits on 80 acres of land devoted to preserving the state’s great history.

This model of a flour mill dust collector was created after the dust-ignited explosion at the Minneapolis, MN, Washburn A Mill in 1878, increasing the safety of future flour mill workers.

Located on the Mississippi River, the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, MN, is built into the ruins of the world’s largest flour mill with many of the mill’s original features still in tact.

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