Monday, November 01, 2010

Mysteries at the Museum Premieres Tuesday, November 2nd, on Travel Channel

Mysteries at the Museum (Travel Channel)

Tomorrow, Tuesday November 2nd, the Travel Channel premieres a new series: Mysteries at the Museum (9 PM ET/PT).

Museums are where America displays its wondrous treasures of the past — often strange and curious remnants of the momentous events that have shaped our history. Behind each artifact is yet another story to be told and secrets to be revealed — tales brimming with scandal, mystery, murder and intrigue.

Each hour of this series will take viewers on a captivating, revealing and at times shocking tour of America's past, revisiting its most crucial events by reexamining what has been left behind.

The first episode covers these topics:

Alcatraz: In 1962 three notorious convicts conquered the impossible — they escaped. With the help of newspapers, rain jackets, a spoon handle, and real human hair, how did Alan West, Frank Morris, John and Clarence Anglin conquer a masterful plan of deception? Did they even survive?

National Museum of the U.S. Navy: The Enigma Machine resembles a typewriter, but was actually a cutting edge, top-secret machine used to the Nazi’s advantage in the 1940s. Why did the fate of the free world fall on solving the Enigma’s puzzle?

Mead Art Museum: Amongst fine art and world artifacts, Amherst College holds one of the world’s most disgusting looking creatures — The Feejee Mermaid. The origin of these skeletal remnants are still unknown, but it’s head of a monkey, body of a fish, sharp teeth, and nasty claws make for a tantalizing sight.

NASA Space Center: On April 11, 1970, NASA launched its third mission to land on the moon, but two days later, the unthinkable happened. A large oxygen tank on the space craft exploded, causing the Apollo 13 crew’s oxygen supply to leak into space. How did a single grey canister save the lives of the crew of this crippled spaceship?

Henry Ford Museum: Coining the term “sustainable living”, Dymaxion House — a “futuristic” home able to withstand an earthquake, is flood resistant and fire proof — could have significantly impacted how we live today. So why did it fail?

Walter’s Art Museum: Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is one of history’s most enduring masterpieces. For generations, rumors have circulated that the original painting hangs here, as opposed to the Musée du Louvre in Paris. As part of one of the most shocking art thefts in history, was a copy of the famous painting actually switched with the stolen original?

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