Shrunken Heads and Broken Arrow

Don examines what appears to be a miniature human head, brought back from the jungles of South America. And he surveys the dented casing of the hydrogen bomb that sat at the center of a horrifying nuclear ...

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Mutter Museum

At the Mutter Museum there is a hideous totem: a miniature human head, the size of a clenched fist. Nineteenth-century explorers brought back “shrunken heads” like these from the jungles of South America.

19 South 22nd Street Philadelphia, PA

 
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Commonwealth Museum

One of the most haunting relics here is actually a man’s tweed cap. It was found at the scene of a brutal double murder that resulted in two Italian immigrants being sentenced to die.

220 William T. Morrissey Blvd. Boston, MA 02125

 
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Carnegie Museum of Natural History

In the vaults of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh is a battered journal. It records the harrowing details of a disastrous expedition to the Arctic.

4400 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213

 
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Chicago History Museum

The rusty cowbell on display is a reminder of one of the city’s worst disasters: the Great Chicago Fire, that left three hundred people dead and eighteen thousand buildings burned to the ground.

1601 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60614

 
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The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History

On display here is a ten-foot long metal capsule. It’s the dented remains of one of the deadliest weapons of the Cold War: a hydrogen bomb, much more powerful than those that laid waste to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

601 Eubank Boulevard Southeast Albuquerque, NM 87123

 
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Seattle's Museum of History and Industry

On display here is a primitive microphone from an early radio set. During Prohibition-era Seattle, one of the city’s most legendary bootleggers, Roy Olmstead, used this radio to broadcast a children’s show from his home.

2700 24th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112-2099

 

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