BAGUALES, PATAGONIA, ARGENTINA -SEPTEMBER 11 2017: Host Don Wildman pauses next to his helicopter as he examins the October 1972 crash of the plane carrying an Uruguayan Rugby team in the Andes mountains during the filming of "Mysteries at the Museum Special: ALIVE". After a visit to the Andes Tragedy and Miracle Museum in Montevideo, Uruguay, Don Wildman learns firsthand what it took for the crash's sixteen survivors to overcome avalanches, sub-zero temperatures, and lack of food at 12.000 feet, and the devastating news that the search for them had been called off, as described in survivor Nando Parrado's book "Miracle in the Andes" (photo Gilles Mingasson for The Travel Channel).
Don Wildman is an impassioned history enthusiast and adventurer with a deep-seated drive for exploring the past. Travel Channel’s highly rated series, “Mysteries at the Museum,” follows Wildman as he digs into the world’s greatest institutions to illuminate hidden treasures at the heart of history’s most incredible triumphs, sensational crimes and bizarre encounters. Through compelling interviews, rare archival footage and arresting recreations, Wildman explores the extraordinary events and personalities behind artifacts found in museums throughout the world.
As a media guide to the world of museums, archives and libraries, Wildman advocates for their support, nationally and regionally. A member of the American Alliance of Museums and the Museum Association of New York, he participates in Washington, D.C.’s annual “Museum Advocacy Day” at the United States Congress and has delivered testimony for continued museum funding at Congressional hearings. Wildman works closely with tourism bureaus like New York’s I LOVE NY (ILNY) to promote museum resources on the state and local level. In 2016, he created a guide, “Don Wildman’s Museums of New York,” which ran in Amtrak’s on-board magazine, The National. A frequent speaker, blogger and television host, it is Wildman’s avowed mission to alert and inform his audience onscreen, and off, about the historical heritage that is theirs to enjoy, explore and preserve.
Wildman has worked across a wide spectrum of diverse content, from history and engineering to outdoor adventure. He has served as host of Travel Channel’s “Off Limits,” “Weird Travels” and “The Trip.” Additionally, Wildman has hosted History Channel’s “Cities of the Underworld,” Discovery/BBC’s historical investigation “Filthy Cities” and ESPN’s “Men’s Journal.” In 2018, Wildman won ‘Best Host – Reality’ in the Cynopsis TV Awards for “Mysteries at the Museum.”
The success of Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum” has led to several spinoffs, including a series of investigative specials under the same name that dig deeper into some of history’s most memorable moments – such as the sinking of the Titanic, the Manhattan Project and the Battle of Little Bighorn. Wildman has filmed at the Louvre, the Vatican, Pompeii, the White House, in presidential archives and more.
Don Wildman resides in New York’s Westchester County – occasionally for days and weeks at a time.