Mysteries at the Museum Travel Guide

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Bugsy Seigel

At the Los Angeles Police Museum, twisted bullet fragments are all that remain of a notorious gangster’s brutal mob-land slaying that shocked tinsel town and remains shrouded in mystery.

LA Police Museum
6045 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

 
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Carrie Nation

The city of Bardstown is known as the Bourbon Capital of the World and is home to the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey. But one of its most intriguing objects is a hatchet that belonged to an activist who fought for temperance.

Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey
114 North Fifth St
Bardstown, KY 40004

 
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Chemist’s War

A dusty glass bottle on display at the Museum of the American Gangster speaks to a terrifying outbreak that sent shockwaves throughout the city during the Prohibition era.

Museum of the American Gangster
80 St Marks Pl
New York, NY 10003

 
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Cigar Box Bomb

This seemingly innocuous box can be found at the National Postal Museum in Washington, DC, which is dedicated to the preservation of the postal service’s history with exhibitions of stamps, machinery and other artifacts.

National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

 
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Civil War Spy Scroll

At the International Spy Museum is a small piece of paper that represents one of the most thrilling espionage sagas of the Civil War.

International Spy Museum
800 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004

 
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Cottingley Fairies

At the Salon de Majie, amidst relics and artifacts from magic’s rich history, a series of fantastical photos tell of 2 young girls who offered evidence of mystical creatures and whose claims sparked a wave of controversy.

Salon de Magie
6600 Smith Rd
Loveland, OH 45140

 
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Count Lustig’s Counterfeit Money

The Secret Service Museum showcases the hulking frame of an antique printing press which was used by a prolific conman to carry out one of the largest counterfeiting operations in US history.

Secret Service Museum
950 H St NW 912
Washington, DC 20223

 
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Diamond Hoax

This museum tells the story behind a collection of false diamonds and the role they played in a glittering tale of discovery, power and greed.

Hardin County History Museum
201 W Dixie Ave
Elizabethtown, KY 42701

 

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