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As host of the Mysteries at the Museum franchise, it’s no surprise that Don Wildman has seen some of the creepiest and oddest places around the globe. But which one of those eerie places left the host with the biggest chill? We asked him that very question, and his answers may surprise you.
Get ready for an all-new season of the shocking, remarkable and downright baffling mysteries behind the artifacts that are hidden away in our country’s museums, just waiting for Don Wildman to tell their stories. Tonight at 9|8c, explore some of the country’s most popular, as well as the most obscure, museums on the season premiere of Mysteries at the Museum. READ MORE
History buffs rejoice: Don Wildman is back with an all-new season of bizarre, confounding, creepy and downright shocking museum mysteries. Thursday at 9|8c, travel the country with Don as he examines the relics at the heart of the country’s most interesting tales. On tonight’s episode, Don examines a failed invention that helped create a multi-billion dollar industry, the bell of a ship whose crew vanished at sea, and a footprint of a lizard-like creature that roam the swamps of South Carolina.
Need to catch up before the new season begins? Flip through Don’s picks for the Most Shocking Museum Mysteries from the past 4 seasons. Then, head over to Museumist.com to read all about Don’s experience hosting one of Travel Channel’s most thought-provoking shows.
Tonight at 9|8c, Don Wildman scours the country in search of artifacts that reveal some of America’s most bizarre, confounding and often shocking mysteries.
Visit Washington, DC’s Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum to see the taxidermied body of one of the first mammals to survive a trip to space. If you’re in New Orleans, stop by the National Museum of the American cocktail to learn about all the terrifying myths that surround the beverage known as the “Green Fairy:” absinthe. Then, journey to Missouri to see a stack of manuscripts supposedly dictated to a St. Louis housewife from beyond the grave. Watch tonight’s episode and then let us know, do you think Patience Worth was real?
Plus, Don examines the strange circumstances surrounding the death of the legendary Grace Kelly, gets a look at the rusty bike ridden by kidnapper “Bicycle Pete,” and finds the desperate diary written by a man who crash-landed on the island of Papua New Guinea during World War II.
Check out all the museums visited in tonight’s episode, and get ready with exclusive behind-the-scenes photos.
Tonight at 9|8c on an all-new episode of Mysteries at the Museum, Don Wildman reveals the shocking stories behind artifacts in museums across the country.
Don examines a dress worn by the star of Howard Hughes’ Hollywood flop The Conqueror. Why did so many members of the cast and crew on this infamous film die young of cancer? Mysteries at the Museum then travels to the Strong National Museum of Play, home to an unassuming lump of gray clay that spawned one of America’s most iconic toys. Then, learn the story of a faded brown document from a murder case that inspired a chilling literary classic by Edgar Allan Poe. Plus, watch as Don unveils the stories of a deceitful art forgery, a devastating cruise ship fire, and an encounter with an otherworldly being.
Get ready for tonight’s episode with behind-the-scenes photos, and check out our travel guide to see all the museums featured in the show.
Until then, tell us – which is your favorite UFO or alien mystery? Vote now!
This week on an all-new episode of Mysteries at the Museum, host Don Wildman reveals the stories behind a hunk of cement tied to one of the deadliest man-made disasters of all time, a faro table that strikes fear in the hearts of many, and a taxidermied dog that saved the lives of American soldiers during World War I. Plus, learn about the murder of a blood-thirsty mobster, a TV scandal that almost put an end to American quiz shows, and the tragic death of Carole Lombard – a gorgeous 1930s Hollywood icon and Clark Gable’s blushing bride.
Intrigued? We thought you might be. Tune in tonight, Jan. 10, at 9|8c to see these artifacts found in museums across the United States, and learn the historic and often dumbfounding stories they tell.
These are just a few of the countless artifacts housed in our nation’s museums. For more, check out Don Wildman’s favorite museums, or learn about the Top 10 Free Museums in the US.
Need a little more culture in your life? Get a behind-the-scenes look at the best museums in the country with our new At the Museum web series with Don Wildman, host of Mysteries at the Museum.
Get inside the mind of a spy at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC.
Find your gross-out limit at Philadelphia’s Mutter Museum, full of outrageous medical oddities.
Learn about unknown animals at the world’s only Cryptozoology Museum, located in Portland, ME.
The year’s almost over, but don’t let it pass by without a nod to this historic milestone: 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Ishi. Who was this mysterious man? Learn the amazing story of this Native American in tonight’s episode of Mysteries at the Museum. Here’s the backstory:
It’s the summer of 1911, and a man in a fur cape emerges from the wilderness on the outskirts of a California gold-mining town. “To find a wild person in 1911 was extraordinary,” says Christiaan Klieger, curator of The California Museum. Even more extraordinary was the story this man’s life pointed to: He was, anthropologists determined, a member of a lost Native American tribe. But how did Ishi survive all alone? And was he really the last survivor? Learn the full story tonight at 9/8c!
The mere mention of the word “pirate” can spark images of fantasy and adventure. You know, Johnny Depp aka Captain Jack Sparrow. But in life, pirates don’t just flash smoky eyes and put on a good show. They kill. For real. Tonight at 9/8c, Mysteries at the Museum offers a heart-stopping look at one high-seas drama.
In April 2009, the Maersk Alabama cargo ship was sailing through the Indian Ocean when it was hijacked by a speedboat with 3 Somali pirates onboard. In the moments that followed, Captain Richard Phillips was tied up, with an AK-47 assault rifle held to the back of his head. Hear host Don Wildman explain what happened next.
In other cases, it’s travelers who end up in the crossfire. This year an American couple saw their sailboat hijacked by pirates several hundred miles off the coast of Oman. But if you dream of one day setting sail for the high seas, don’t fret. Just be smart about it. Stay current on high-risk waters and travel advisory warnings.
And if you’re looking for pirate adventure (safely tucked in the past), plenty of options await — just check out the links below.
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