Come with us to the world's greatest museums to uncover secrets dark and strange.
Discover a crumbling parchment that reveals the true story behind the fall of the Knights Templar. Perform a forensic examination on an Egyptian mummy to solve the murder of a mighty Pharaoh. Find out how the golden statue of a naked woman exposed the sex scandal of a real-life New York Gossip Girl.
In every episode, Museum Secrets travels to one extraordinary museum: the Louvre, the Vatican Museums, London's Natural History Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Within the walls of each museum, we reveal the stories of 6 irreplaceable treasures: the Mona Lisa, the Sistine Chapel, the golden mask of King Tut, and many more. Museum Secrets probes familiar legends and assumptions, using cutting edge research and technology to investigate the unknown.
Our stories take us beyond the public galleries, into hidden places visitors are rarely allowed to see: a vast storeroom where millions of once-living creatures float in formaldehyde, a noisy workshop where curators in hard-hats piece bones together into skeletons of colossal dinosaurs. When a story moves outside the museum, we follow: into the Louvre's courtyard to recreate a fatal jousting accident, and down into a 50 meter hole in the Egyptian desert to stand inside the tomb of Ramesses the Great.
Along the way, we meet renowned scientists and historians who hunt for clues to baffling mysteries: Were early Britons cannibals? Were 12th Century Islamic pottery vessels early hand grenades? Who broke into the Vatican to deface a masterpiece with hate filled graffiti? Through hands-on experiments, our experts reveal answers for the first time anywhere.
Our most gripping tales are told with the help of those who have a deep personal connection to underlying historical events: At the Louvre we meet the heir to the throne of Napoleon who defends his ancestor's legacy. In London's Natural History Museum, we meet a survivor of the Blitz who is determined to discover why a bomb secreted onto Hitler's plane, failed to explode. At the Metropolitan Museum, we meet a woman who can't look at a certain statue without remembering how it caused her grandfather's brutal murder.
Museum Secrets combines surprising revelations about things we all recognize with amazing revelations about things we've never seen before.
Monday 9 December 2013 at 10:00AM - National Geographic Channel
Monday 9 December 2013 at 7:00PM - National Geographic Channel
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