Documenting nearly 3,000 years of man’s history at sea, the Mariners’ Museum explains how a device sustained amateur sailor, Steve Callahan, through a historic, yet possibly tragic, quest for glory.
100 Museum Dr
Newport News, VA 23601
A rosary that belonged to a notorious criminal can be found at the Ohio Historical Society, which includes a museum along with its archives, library and preservation office.
Ohio Historical Society
800 E 17th Ave
Columbus, OH 43211
The San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park features more than 120 pieces of aircraft in their collection.
San Diego Air & Space Museum
Gillespie Field Annex
335 Kenney St
El Cajon, CA
At the Museum of the City of New York sits a small hollow figure of a portly man, a caricature of one of the Big Apple’s most influential -- and crooked -- politicians.
Museum of the City of New York
1220 5th Ave
Manhattan, NY 10029
The Museum of Crime and Punishment contains a simple switchblade which belonged to a man who many believe was one of Boston’s most notorious killers. Spanning decades, the case remains largely unsolved to this very day.
Museum of Crime and Punishment
575 7th St SW
Washington, DC 20004
At the Boston Tea Party Museum, visitors get a rare glimpse at one of only 2 surviving tea crates from the infamous event and learn of the mysterious circumstances around one of the nation’s most iconic moments.
Boston Tea Party Museum
306 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210
Bride of Frankenstein
At the Fort East Martello Museum, a cracked funerary plaque that once adorned a beautiful woman’s grave now tells of one man’s grotesque attempt to bring his love back from the dead.
East Mortello Fort & Museum
3501 S Roosevelt Blvd
Key West, FL
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Newseum showcases the mangled body of a car from the 1970s that tells of an intrepid journalist’s dogged pursuit of truth in the face of grave danger.
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
The National Automobile Museum in Reno, NV, displays an unconventional vehicle with a daring design that once promised to revolutionize the entire auto industry
10 Lake St
Reno, NV 89501
At the New York Transit Museum, a piece of industrial machinery reminds visitors of a catastrophic subterranean disaster and the one man who lived to tell the tale.
New York Transit Museum
Brooklyn, NY 11201
At the Thomas Edison Historical Park is one of the celebrated inventors’ biggest disappointments: the electric pen. Though this device failed to transform the world of business, it went on to make a surprising and lasting impression.
Thomas Edison National Historic Park
211 Main St
West Orange, NJ 07052
The Belmont Public Library in New Hampshire has in its collection a small pin that was awarded for an immense act of heroism.
146 Main St
Belmont, NH 03220
At the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, a sizable oil painting portrays a working man embroiled in an historic heist that sent the fledgling nation’s first capital into the grips of hysteria.
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
128 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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.
Mill City Museum
704 S 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Among the venerated vessels of flight at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in California is an ordinary lawn chair with milk jugs attached to it with rope and tape.
San Diego Air & Space Museum
2001 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
At the Los Angeles Police Museum, a set of handwritten notes and a photo of a young man tell a bone-chilling story of a kidnapping gone wrong.
Los Angeles Police Museum
6045 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
The American Yacht Club contains an extensive collection of model ships. And one such model showcases an innovative design that was used by a courageous explorer to battle the elements in his attempt to reach one of Earth’s harshest environments.
American Yacht Club
499 Stuyvesant Ave
Rye, NY 10580
The Elisha Kent Kane Historical Society in New York City, where this carving is housed, preserves artifacts of nineteenth-century Artic exploration, most significantly, that of Sir John Franklin, whose expedition ended fatally.
Elisha Kent Kane Historical Society
71 W 23rd St
New York, NY 10010
Dedicated to preserving the history of Oklahoma, this museum houses a wide array of artifacts from the state’s boom times.
Oklahoma Territorial Museum
406 E Oklahoma Ave
Guthrie, OK 73044
Among the items at the Bakken Museum is a wooden and glass musical instrument, invented by one of America’s founding fathers.
3537 Zenith Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Located in New York City’s bustling Chinatown district, the Museum of Chinese in America documents the trials the Chinese undertook to start over in the United States.
Museum of the Chinese in America
215 Centre St
New York, NY 10013
Haunting of the Bell Witch
Located just behind the Bell-Willet Museum in Adams, TN, those with a pension for the paranormal can visit a log cabin that was the site of a series of ghostly encounters.
7617 Hwy 41 N
Adams, TN 37010
The Virginia Historical Society is home to a work of art that depicts a stunning act of bravery. A tobacco plantation slave named Henry Brown packed himself in a wooden crate and had it shipped North in search of freedom.
Virginia Historical Society
428 N. Blvd
Richmond, VA 23220
Visitors to The Rhinelander Logging Museum are greeted by the snarling and hideous face of a beast that many believed terrorized the people of this peaceful region.
Logging Museum Pioneer Park
E Kemp St
At the International Cryptozoology Museum, a nondescript plaster cast of hoof prints tells of a series of hair raising encounters with a mythical beast that was reportedly terrifying the people of New Jersey.
International Cryptozoology Museum
11 Avon St
Portland, ME 04101
The orange and black frock on display at the Kansas Museum of History is a fitting tribute to a woman who turned Halloween into a celebrated and joyous holiday.
Kansas State Historical Society
6425 SW Sixth Ave
Topeka, KS 66615-1099
At the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, one commonplace can of corn, branded with a now ubiquitous label, tells of an unlikely story of invention that helped usher in a consumer revolution.
National Museum of American History
1400 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20560
At the National Electronics Museum is a piece of technology from the 1940s that was threatened with obsolescence after the end of World War II. How did it find an unlikely second act and jolt kitchens around the world into the modern age?
National Electronics Museum
1745 West Nursery Rd
Linthicum, MD 21090
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.
Kansas Historical Society
6425 SW 6th Ave
Topeka, KS 66615
At the Kansas City Museum, a demure dress on display is a poignant reminder of one of the most shocking crimes of the 1930s and of the unlikely heroes who came to the rescue.
Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall
3218 Gladstone Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64123
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.
818 N Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Inside the South Carolina Cotton Museum in Bishopville is a cryptic cast of what appears to be a footprint. Many are convinced that this mark was left by a half man, half lizard mutant creature that once lurked in the swamps of this community.
SC Cotton Museum
131 West Cedar Ln
Bishopville, SC 29010
In Decatur, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Museum has preserved evidence of a strange being that some believed was evidence of a close encounter.
3121 Panthersville Rd
Decatur, Georgia 30034
The Hollywood Museum in California displays several items that were designed by a pioneer in the glamorous world of silver-screen beauty, Max Factor.
1660 N Highland Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028
At the Monroe Moosnick Museum, a jar containing a strange substance is the only evidence of a freak meteorological event in which mysterious meat inexplicably rained from the sky.
Monroe Moosnick Medical and Science Museum
300 North Broadway
Lexington, KY 40508
This museum is the historic home of inventor Antonio Meucci, who is believed to be the true inventor of the telephone. The museum offers exhibitions, lectures and concerts that celebrate Italian history in America.
420 Tompkins Ave
Staten Island, NY 10305
At the Michigan Maritime Museum, a tattered, old salmon-colored dress shirt is a poignant reminder of a mysterious and otherworldly aviation anomaly that still remains a mystery to this day.
Michigan Maritime Museum
260 Dyckman Ave
South Haven, MI 49090
At the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, a uniquely designed car once promised to save a nation in the midst of an unprecedented fuel crisis.
Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Striving to preserve New Jersey’s rich history, the Thomas Warne Historical Museum in Old Bridge, NJ, has an artifact on display that has been scarred by a violent past, telling a tale of unprecedented devastation.
Thomas Warne Historical Museum and Library
4216 Route 516
Matawan, NJ 07747
At Maryland’s Office of the Medial Examiner, visitors can inspect an array of childlike dollhouses whose morbid displays of death played an unexpected role in the history of modern crime scene investigation.
Baltimore Medical Examiner’s Office
900 W Baltimore St
Baltimore, MD 21223
At the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a bronze statue of Diana, the Roman goddess of the hunt. This work of art bore witness to a scandalous, turn of the century crime that rocked high society and the nation.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pwky
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Prominently displayed in this lavish mansion, a massive antique mirror has sparked an otherworldly controversy, causing some to believe that the mottled glass is actually a portal to the world beyond the grave.
7747 US 61
St Francisville, LA 70775
At the Southeastern Railway Museum, visitors can marvel at the stately train car of President Warren G. Harding and learn of his untimely and mysterious death while traveling on board.
Southeastern Railway Museum
3595 Buford Hwy
Duluth, GA 30096
The Nebraska History Museum displays a gun that triggered a terrifying series of events that gripped the nation, when 2 teenage lovers went on one of the most horrific and infamous crime sprees in modern history.
15th and P Streets
Lincoln, NE 68508
At the Newseum is a worn leather bag that once belonged to a pioneering journalist. Her hard-hitting investigation was as groundbreaking as it was risky, almost making her a casualty of the very dark and sinister practices she was trying to uncover.
555 Pennsylvania Ave
NW Washington, DC 20001
At the Wyatt Archaeological Museum, visitors can see a giant slab of rock unearthed from the hills of Turkey which some believe is fossilized proof of a biblical vessel.
Wyatt Archaeological Museum
2502 Lynnville Hwy
Cornersville, TN 37047
At the Northfield Historical Society in Northfield, MN, visitors can view a massive iron safe which stopped a robbery and thwarted one of the most ruthless gangs of the Wild West.
Northfield Historical Society
408 Division St
S Northfield, MN
The EBR-I Atomic Museum is housed in a former nuclear facility. And one artifact there, an oversized panel with red lights, speaks to one of the worst nuclear accidents in American history.
Experimental Breeder Reactor (EBR)-I Atomic Museum
U.S. Highway 20-26
Arco, ID 83213
The Oneida Community Mansion House contains a set of silverware that represents the dark and sinister secrets of the people who once lived in this sprawling building.
Oneida Community Mansion House
170 Kenwood Ave
Oneida, NY 13421
The collection of the National Firearms Museum includes a World War II-era pistol that was found during the hunt for a secret network of spies operating on American soil. What evil plot was discovered along with this gun?
National Firearms Museum
11250 Waples Mill Rd
Fairfax, VA 22030
At Temple University’s Historical Dental Museum, curious visitors can marvel at a metal pail filled to the brim with human teeth. The owner of this bizarre bucket was an influential and controversial character in the strange history of dentistry.
Historical Dental Museum
3223 North Broad St Temple University
Philadelphia, PA 19122
At the David J. Sencer CDC Museum in Atlanta, curious visitors can inspect a jug of strange yellow liquid and learn of a terrifying and mysterious newplague which once had the nation in the grips of terror.
1600 Clifton Rd
Atlanta, GA 30329
At the Computer History Museum, visitors can see a strange, outdated piece of technology that was used to hack one of the largest networks in the world and played a devious part in one of the greatest technological advances of all time.
1401 N Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA 94043
The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia not only has exhibits on electricity and space, but it also houses a plane built by the Wright Brothers.
222 N 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
At the Salem Country Historical, one antique wooden desk was owned by a man embroiled in a centuries-old story of culinary daring.
Salem County Historical Society
83 Market St
Salem, NJ 08079
A tattered and time-worn briefcase in this museum’s collection once belonged to an eccentric doctor who performed gruesome and controversial surgeries in an attempt to reverse aging.
Marin History Museum
1125 B St
San Rafael, CA 94901
The spoon can be found among the books and artifacts related to the paranormal at the James Randi Educational Foundation in Los Angeles, which is dedicated to exposing paranormal fraud.
James Randi Foundation Collection
1724 North Highland Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028
The memo book can be found at the Rhine ESP/Parapsychology Museum in Durham, NC, which is home to various pieces of equipment that document the study of parapsychology over the past 70 years.
Rhine Research Center
2741 Campus Walk Ave
Durham, NC 27705
The Wallace District Mining Museum in Wallace, ID, tells the story behind the Pulaski Axe and how it developed from the exploits of a heroic man, who bravely saved the men in his command from a near-certain death.
Wallace District Mining Museum
509 Bank St
Wallace, ID 83873
At the International Spy Museum, visitors can see a small plastic makeup compact used in one of the most daring rescues in CIA history.
International Spy Museum
800 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
This library and museum at Texas A&M University in College Station houses items that commemorate the country’s 41st president. But a helmet on display honors another famous Texan and is linked to a scorching tale of bravery.
George Bush Presidential Library & Museum
1000 George Bush Dr W
College Station, TX 77845
A pair of ostrich feather fans stored in the museum’s archives tells of a risqué dancer who scandalized the Chicago World’s Fair and launched the career of an icon.
Chicago History Museum
1601 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
At the General Patton Memorial Museum a massive tank on view harkens back to the terrifying day when a madman took control of a lethal war machine and laid siege to an American city.
General George S. Patton Memorial Museum
62510 Chiriaco Rd
Indio, CA 92201
On display is a set of murky glass bottles that tell a hair-raising tale. They once contained a product that catapulted 7 impoverished and eccentric sisters to an improbable life of fame and fortune.
Niagara County Historical Society
215 Niagara St
The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, has in its collection a bound book full of handwritten annotations.
201 East Capitol St SE
Washington, DC 20003
At the Skeptiseum, visitors can inspect a simple-looking tin trumpet that was once used in a chilling ritual which many believe proved the existence of life beyond the grave.
1310 Sweet Home Rd
Amherst, NY 14228
The museum showcases a pistol that was used in an assassination attempt that shocked the world. But behind the sudden act of violence lies a bizarre plot, a notorious cult, and a man whose name has become synonymous with evil.
Gerald Ford Museum
303 Pearl St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
The Crittenden County Historical Museum has on display an unassuming rock-like object that played a role in one of the worst maritime disasters to befall the United States.
Crittenden County Museum
1112 Main St
Earle, AR 72331
At the Skeptiseum is a vile of clear liquid emblazoned with an antiquated label tells of a fabled miracle cure and the charismatic inventor who elevated the elixir to national prominence.
1310 Sweet Home Rd
Amherst, NY 14228
Connecticut’s Naugatuck Historical Society, located in an old train station, chronicles many of the highpoints in Naugatuck’s history, including Charles Goodyear’s discovery of vulcanization.
Naugatuck Historical Society
195 Water St
Naugatuck, CT 06770
Buried in the archives of the New York County Clerk’s Office is a file that tells of an epidemic which sent New York City into the grips of terror. The infamous woman at the center of it all has gone down in history.
City of NY Municipal Archives
31 Chambers St
New York, NY 10007
At the National Air Force Museum visitors can marvel at an F-94 Starfire jet, the same model aircraft that was involved in a shocking encounter over the nation’s capital.
US Air Force Museum
1100 Spaatz St
Dayton, OH 45431
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.
31 Chambers St
New York, NY 10007
At the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is the bell from the Carroll Deering, a shipping vessel whose entire crew mysteriously vanished in one of the most confounding cases in seafaring history.
Graveyard of the Atlantic
59200 Museum Dr
Amongst the many strange artifacts at the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum, visitors can inspect a simple and crudely-made whip that harkens back to a blood-chilling practice that defies belief.
New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
724 Dumaine St
New Orleans, LA 70116
Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum has roots dating back to the Paris of 1770. There, the museum’s namesake learned the art of wax modeling from her mentor, Dr. Philippe Curtius.
Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum
234 W 42nd St
New York, NY 10036
At the Whydah Pirate Museum, a small gold coin on display speaks of one man’s discovery of a centuries-old map and his tireless efforts to uncover a pirate’s treasure long thought lost.
16 Macmillan Wharf
Provincetown, MA 02657
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