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St. Louis

St. Louis

St. Louis may be best known for the giant arch that is the “gateway to the West,” but the city is also home to a less-talked-about institution that introduces visitors to a very different slice of history. The World Chess Hall of Fame holds an array of artifacts, including one of the first computerized chessboards, game pieces carefully carved from precious materials and photographs of the greatest chess players of all time. 960 1280

  

St. Louis

St. Louis

Within the museum’s collection, there is a very ordinary-looking chessboard. It’s 16 by 16 inches and consists of 64 wooden squares of alternating wood grain patterns — just like any other. However, this board is anything but ordinary. It not only played a pivotal part in one of the most epic chess matches ever, it almost started a world war. 960 1280

  

Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque, NM

There are a number of sights in Albuquerque, NM, that highlight the region’s nuclear past, such as the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History. There, visitors can view artifacts linked to the research and development of nuclear technology, including a B-29 Superfortress bomber plane, a nuclear test device called "The Gadget" and radioactive-influenced quackery from the early 20th century. 960 1280

  

New Mexico

New Mexico

Tucked away inside the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History is an item that looks completely inadequate next to the larger exhibits. The story behind this Boy Scouts badge reveals a brush with disaster that placed an entire town in great danger. 960 1280

  

New Mexico

New Mexico

At one time these harmless-looking rodents could be considered cute. However, this specimen spread the fear of death among thousands of New Mexico residents and threatened an entire region. 960 1280

  

New York City

New York City

New York City has some of the tallest buildings in the world, but what many people don’t realize is that the city also has some of the biggest and most beautiful cathedrals in the United States. Trinity Church, at the head of what is now Wall Street, houses the Trinity Museum, where visitors can view exhibits connecting the past with the present. 960 1280

  

Trinity Church

Trinity Church

To see one of Trinity’s most intriguing items, you need to delve deep into the by-appointment archive. Inside this diary from 1880 is a succession of handwritten notes that catalogs a bizarre chapter in Trinity’s history — a devious scheme perpetrated by a cunning individual. 960 1280

  

New iberia, LA

New iberia, LA

The southern Louisiana city of New Iberia was founded by Spaniards in 1779 but later became a refuge for Acadian French settlers deported from Nova Scotia by the British. New Iberia combines this Cajun culture clash with some down-home Southern charm, attracting visitors with its eclectic cuisine, old plantations and rollicking music scene. And on the city’s historic Main Street is the Bayou Teche Museum. Founded in 2010, this former grocery store chronicles the area’s rich history and is deliberately laid out in a winding pattern designed to resemble the snakelike curves of the Bayou Teche itself. 960 1280

  

Bayou Teche Museum

Bayou Teche Museum

Among the artifacts at the Bayou Teche Museum is a seemingly drab collection of slabs of uneven size and shape, the largest measuring 17 1/2 inches wide, 11 inches tall and 6 1/2 inches deep. These unassuming blocks were at the heart of a spicy story that led to the creation of one of today’s most recognizable brands. 960 1280

  

San Mateo County History Museum

San Mateo County History Museum

Redwood City, CA, once known mostly as a port for lumber, is now a city in the heart of Silicon Valley. At the center of this high-tech town sits an institution that has survived many waves of change: the San Mateo County History Museum. Its displays hold such treasures as a stagecoach, a stained-glass dome and models of galleon ships that once docked nearby. 960 1280

  

San Mateo County History Museum

San Mateo County History Museum

This gun on display at the San Mateo County History Museum represents the culmination of a conflict between 2 prominent San Franciscans and the race for mayor that made the city look like the Wild West all over again. 960 1280

  

General Patton Memorial Museum

General Patton Memorial Museum

At the General Patton Memorial Museum in Chiriaco Summit, CA, a massive tank harkens back to the terrifying day when a madman took control of a lethal war machine and laid siege to an American city. 960 1280

  

General Patton Memorial Museum

General Patton Memorial Museum

On May 18, 1995, US Army veteran Shawn Nelson stole the tank from a US National Guard armory and recklessly drove it through the streets of San Diego, leading to a 23-minute televised police chase. Police eventually climbed on top of the tank, and shot and killed Nelson. 960 1280

  

Harding's Train Car

Harding's Train Car

At the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth, GA, visitors can marvel at the stately train car of President Warren G. Harding, used to travel the country in an effort to reconnect with Americans. 960 1280

  

Southeastern Railway Museum

Southeastern Railway Museum

On August 2,1923, while staying in a hotel during his train tour of America, President Harding died suddenly, in the middle of a conversation with his wife. 960 1280

  

International Cryptozoology Museum

International Cryptozoology Museum

At the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, ME, a nondescript plaster cast of hoof prints tells of a series of hair-raising encounters with a mythical beast that was reportedly terrifying the good people of New Jersey. 960 1280

  

Jersey Devil

Jersey Devil

The “Jersey Devil” is rumored to lurk in the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey. 960 1280

  

Nell Donnelly's Dress

Nell Donnelly's Dress

This dress, designed by Nell Donnelly, reminds visitors of a terrifying incident in the 1930s when the famous fashion designer was kidnapped, then rescued by a group of mobsters. 960 1280

  

Kansas City Museum

Kansas City Museum

The dress is now on display at the Kansas City Museum. 960 1280

  

Bottle of yellow bacteria-infested water

Bottle of yellow bacteria-infested water

This yellow liquid caused the outbreak of the mysterious disease that came to be known as Legionnaires’ disease. 960 1280

  

CDC Museum

CDC Museum

The jug of liquid, now on display at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum in Atlanta, was the cause of a plague that once had the nation in the grips of terror. 960 1280

  

Printing press

Printing press

This antique printing press was used by a prolific conman to carry out one of the largest counterfeiting operations in US history. 960 1280

  

Secret Service Museum

Secret Service Museum

See the printing press on display at the Secret Service Museum in Washington, DC. 960 1280

  

The Houdini Museum

The Houdini Museum

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The Houdini Museum

The Houdini Museum

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Chemical Heritage foundation

Chemical Heritage foundation

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National Food and Drug Adminstration

National Food and Drug Adminstration

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Walls Unit

Walls Unit

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Lock and Key

Lock and Key

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Countway Library of Medicin

Countway Library of Medicin

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Murder at Harvard

Murder at Harvard

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Bradbury Science Museum

Bradbury Science Museum

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World's Most Famous Bomb

World's Most Famous Bomb

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About the Show

Don Wildman visits America's museums, where strange and curious remnants of the past are revealed.

Mysteries at the Museum

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  • Sheppton Mine Disaster, Bite Board, Erie Collar Bomb
    In Elysburg, Pennsylvania, the Anthracite Mining Museum contains a makeshift device rigged from a parachute harness and coveralls that played a role in a dangerous mine rescues. The California Surf Museum is home to a styrofoam and fiberglass surfboard with a large chunk missing, bitten off by a ferocious shark. And at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment in Washington, DC is a crude metal device that represents a daring and explosive bank heist.
    Friday July 31
    2am | 1c
  • Brassiere Brigade, Flight for Life, Connecticut Haunting
    Host Don Wildman examines a brassiere that gave salacious schemers an unexpected boost, a plane that soared to safety in a daring rescue mission and a religious icon allegedly scorched by the forces of evil.
    Friday July 31
    3am | 2c
  • Lost Colony of Roanoke, Dr. Linda Hazzard, Deep Blue, Greenbrier Hotel Bunker, Death of Edgar Allan Poe, Liberty Bell 7
    Don Wildman investigates a lock of hair linked to Edgar Allan Poe’s mysterious death, a sunken space capsule that provides clues to a NASA disaster, and a controversial medical manual that lies at the center of a rash of deaths in the Pacific Northwest.
    Friday July 31
    6pm | 5c
  • Patience Worth, Space Monkey
    Don Wildman examines a set of books that contain a haunting tale told from beyond the grave, a primate involved in early space exploration, and a bottle of alcohol believed to compel drinkers to commit acts of violence.
    Friday July 31
    7pm | 6c
  • Premiere
    Leopold and Loeb, U2 Spy Plane, Chewing Gum
    Hidden in the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka is a piece of machinery that inadvertently contributed to one of the nation's most tragic natural disasters. On display at the Connecticut Air and Space Center is a craft that may alter the story of man's first flight. And the Cold War Museum in Virginia is home to a deadly contraption that is linked to one of the most perilous top secret missions in U.S. history.
    Friday July 31
    8pm | 7c
  • Skull in the Ashes, Nazi Art Hoax, Hunger Strike
    Don examines a damaged metal identification tag that played a role in a bizarre and heated crime, a painting by a man who pulled off one of the art world’s greatest deceptions, and a pin that represents a woman’s perilous push to advance equality.
    Friday July 31
    10pm | 9c
  • Premiere
    Cherry Sisters, President's Missing Cow, Birth of a Nation Riot
    Host Don Wildman examines a painted wooden sign that once advertised a vaudeville act so bad it was good, a milk can that came from a famous White House cow that set off a frantic cross-country search, and a program from one of the most controversial films of the 20th century.
    Friday July 31
    11pm | 10c
  • Skull in the Ashes, Nazi Art Hoax, Hunger Strike
    Don examines a damaged metal identification tag that played a role in a bizarre and heated crime, a painting by a man who pulled off one of the art world’s greatest deceptions, and a pin that represents a woman’s perilous push to advance equality.
    Saturday August 1
    1am | 12c
  • Cherry Sisters, President's Missing Cow, Birth of a Nation Riot
    Host Don Wildman examines a painted wooden sign that once advertised a vaudeville act so bad it was good, a milk can that came from a famous White House cow that set off a frantic cross-country search, and a program from one of the most controversial films of the 20th century.
    Saturday August 1
    2am | 1c
  • Leopold and Loeb, U2 Spy Plane, Chewing Gum
    Hidden in the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka is a piece of machinery that inadvertently contributed to one of the nation's most tragic natural disasters. On display at the Connecticut Air and Space Center is a craft that may alter the story of man's first flight. And the Cold War Museum in Virginia is home to a deadly contraption that is linked to one of the most perilous top secret missions in U.S. history.
    Saturday August 1
    3am | 2c
  • Margery the Medium, Everest Ascent, The Pastor and the Choir Singer
    Host Don Wildman investigates a strange wooden box used in a ritual, a weather beaten oxygen tank which tells of a daring ascent and the torn hat of a local pastor found at the scene of a crime.
    Saturday August 1
    8am | 7c
  • Stolen Strad, Fall From Space, Czech Dream
    Don Wildman examines a concert program that marks one of the most infamous nights in the history of a prestigious music venue; a space capsule used by a heroic astronaut during a harrowing mission; and a DVD from an unusual film that blurred the lines between fact and fiction.
    Saturday August 1
    9am | 8c
  • Chowchilla Kidnapping, Texas City Disaster, Bezoar Stones
    Don Wildman investigates how a school bus became involved in the largest kidnapping for ransom in US history, examines a deadly industrial accident, and seeks to unlock the mystery behind a handful of stones.
    Saturday August 1
    10am | 9c
  • Keely's Motor, Reagan Limousine, Audubon's Mystery Bird
    Don Wildman examines an armored limousine that played a central role in an assassination attempt, a giant book filled with vivid illustrations of mysterious birds, and the only known evidence of a revolutionary machine.
    Sunday August 2
    8am | 7c
  • Mail Missile, Dare to Dream, Child Warrior
    Don investigates a postal box that embarked on a gravity-defying journey, a traditional Viking vessel that sailed into the annals of modern history on an intrepid sea voyage, and a handmade talisman that weaves a tale of terror and courage on the American frontier.
    Sunday August 2
    9am | 8c
  • MGM Fire and UFO Car
    Don Wildman examines a poker chip that bore witness to one of Las Vegas's greatest atrocities, a 1970s police cruiser with a bizarre past and a battered Civil War sword rumored to have special powers.
    Sunday August 2
    10am | 9c
  • Volume Five
    Bonnie and Clyde's rifle, a space suit worn by a forgotten pioneer of the skies, a futuristic train and a bizarre a deep-sea Fish are featured. And does a tattered diary finally end one of exploration's fiercest debates?
    Thursday August 6
    12am | 11c
  • Volume Eight
    How did a manuscript and eyeglass case save Teddy Roosevelt's life? Could a 1912 wireless message warning about icebergs have saved the Titanic from her tragic fate? And does a large primate tooth prove the legend of Bigfoot is real?
    Thursday August 6
    1pm | 12c
  • American Spy, Belle Gunness, Oarfish
    Don investigates the role an ordinary US Postal Service mailbox played in one of the most damaging spy cases of the Cold War. And he examines a monstrous preserved head that may prove the existence of a legendary sea beast.
    Thursday August 6
    2pm | 1c
  • Mail Missile, Dare to Dream, Child Warrior
    Don investigates a postal box that embarked on a gravity-defying journey, a traditional Viking vessel that sailed into the annals of modern history on an intrepid sea voyage, and a handmade talisman that weaves a tale of terror and courage on the American frontier.
    Thursday August 6
    3pm | 2c
  • Exorcism, Honey Island Swamp Monster, The Real James Bond, La Belle Shipwreck, Sgt. Stubby, Polio Vaccine
    Don Wildman investigates a vial tied to a daring medical experiment, a barrel that provides clues to a centuries-old shipwreck and a plaster molding that some say is proof of a mysterious bayou creature.
    Thursday August 6
    4pm | 3c
  • Jack the Ripper in NY
    Host Don Wildman investigates an aged dossier which may be linked to one of the world’s most notorious killers, a century-old $20 bill which was once wielded by a brilliant and elusive criminal and an insect specimen which once wreaked havoc on America’s Heartland.
    Thursday August 6
    5pm | 4c
  • Pikes Peak Peanut, Hollywood Holdout, Lost Treasure
    Don examines a peanut that played a role in an unusual fad that took 1 man on a daring adventure; a standoff that pitted a man against some of Hollywood's most powerful people; and a set of gold relics that became the subject of an intense battle between 2 rival nations.
    Thursday August 6
    6pm | 5c
  • Squeaky Fromme, Hodag
    Don Wildman examines a weapon involved in a twisted plot to assassinate a US president, a beast that some believed terrorized people in Wisconsin, and a file that speaks of a notorious woman whose illness brought fear to New York City.
    Thursday August 6
    8pm | 7c
  • Strangers on a Train, Madame Tussaud, WD-40
    At the Municipal Archives in New York City is a black and white negative containing an image of a deadly weapon used in a sinister plot of revenge. Just uptown in New York's Times Square sits the world famous Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, where the likeness of one revolutionary woman is on display. And on the grounds of the San Diego Air & Space Museum in California is a large missile that led to the creation of a product that's found in nearly every household in America.
    Thursday August 6
    10pm | 9c
  • Buried Alive, Mauve, Crash at Crush
    Host Don Wildman examines an antique doll tied to a woman’s confounding and tragic demise, an experiment gone awry that ignites the world of fashion and an audacious publicity stunt that ends in disaster.
    Thursday August 6
    11pm | 10c

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Don Wildman shows us the secrets lurking in museums and monuments across the United States.

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Mysteries at the Museum Don Wildman visits America's museums, where strange and curious remnants of the past are revealed.
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