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Inside the Chateau of Versailles [electronic resource]

Inside the Chateau of Versailles, we take a Musketeer training course to discover the real man behind the fictional D'Artagnan. We find out why Champagne bubbles (and if it's good for you), then discover that Marie Antoinette was not the frivolous dim-wit that some would have us believe. We examine a strange weapon created by an inventive assassin, then investigate the suspicious death of a king's mistress. And finally, we visit an historic French observatory to recreate a discovery that connects humanity to the stars.
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2013
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Inside the Bardo Museum, Tunisia [electronic resource]

Inside the Bardo Museum, Tunisia, we discover the Carthaginian, Roman, Arab and Berber influences on Tunisia. We expose Hollywood myths about Roman Gladiators, then find out if historical reports of child sacrifice are myths as well. We fire Roman catapults to test their killing power, then meet a camel whisperer to discover how he convinces camels to take him where he wants to go. We climb a mountain to survey Roman era waterworks, then meet a Star Wars super-fan as he discovers the connection between his favorite sci-fi franchise and the culture of a desert land.
Online
2013
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Inside the Palacio Real, Madrid [electronic resource]

Both a museum and the official palace of the Spanish royal family, the Palacio Real features armor, artworks and treasures that were once the private possessions of Spain's kings and queens. Inside the Palacio Real, Madrid, we discover that Spain reached its height of glory not through the acquisition of silver and gold, but because of the unique properties of a third element. We investigate how a famous swordsman bested 17 challengers, then examine the inner workings of a clock that was said to have been powered by witchcraft. We probe why a shield of leather can be better than steel, then meet a Gypsy who reveals how to separate Flamenco that is strictly for tourists from Flamenco that is real. And finally, we meet a modern king of Spain who outfoxed a Fascist dictator.
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2013
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Inside the Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC [electronic resource]

In this episode of "Museum Secrets," visit the Smithsonian Institute and learn about WWII Japanese Zero fighter planes, why Japanese squadrons ruled the skies, and how they were defeated. Meet military and civilian amputees who have been made whole by transplantation and learn about a homing pigeon who saved American lives in WWI. Witness the successful test of a rocket that could take humans to Mars, then reconstruct the bad-boy image of the Harley Davidson. And finally, meet aspiring vocalists who hope to perform the national anthem before a football game to discover why the Star Spangled Banner is so hard to sing.
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2013
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Inside the Israel Museum, Jerusalem [electronic resource]

Visited by a million people every year, the Israel Museum features the most extensive collection of biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world. Inside the Israel Museum we investigate a heel bone with a nail through it that has the power to change the accepted image of Christ's crucifixion. We open a vault that contains an ancient coin, revealing how a Jewish rebel nearly defeated the mighty Roman Empire. We search for the villainous King Herod, then descend into the tomb of the Virgin Mary to discover why it contains a sacred Muslim symbol. We uncover a secret kept for centuries by the citizens of a seaside Jewish town. And finally, we discover what an ancient amulet has in common with a science fiction character known as Mr. Spock.
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2013
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Inside the National Maritime Museum, London [electronic resource]

The National Maritime Museum collection allows visitors to trace the origins of British sea power, its accomplishments in the age of empire, and its consequences in the world today. Inside the National Maritime Museum, London, we fire musket balls at Lord Nelson to discover who really killed him. We join an anti-piracy commando raid, then board Captain Bligh's dingy to discover how he and his fellow castaways made it home alive. We search for Franklin's lost arctic expedition, then find out how to survive a lightning strike at sea. And finally, we investigate how to defuse a mine without getting blown out of the water.
Online
2013
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Inside the Uffizi Gallery, Florence [electronic resource]

Visited by one and half million people every year, the Uffizi is one of the oldest art museums in the Western world, boasting paintings and sculpture by the greatest masters of the Renaissance. Inside the Uffizi Gallery, Florence, we re-examine the famous conspiracy against Lorenzo de Medici - godfather of the Renaissance - to discover who was really pulling the strings. We rediscover a long lost martial art, then descend into a crypt to hunt for the bones of a notorious artist. We find out why a wild boar's nose is a good luck charm, then visit an alchemist's sanctuary to investigate his cause of death. And finally, we reveal what happened in Florence during the final days of World War Two, when the fate of the museum hung in the balance.
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2013
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Inside the State Historical Museum, Moscow [electronic resource]

Inside the State Historical Museum, Moscow, we find out which duel killed a genius, examine the bones of Stone Age children to reveal what killed them, then ride with Polish soldiers to find out why they wore angels' wings. We descend into the torture chamber of Ivan the Terrible, then examine the brass eagle of Napoleon's Third Regiment to find out if they died bravely, or with dishonor. And learn why Vladimir Lenin drove a Rolls.
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2013
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The Vatican [electronic resource]

We climb a scaffold to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel to discover the secret of Michelangelo's genius and why he feuded with the Pope, then hunt for the miscreants who defaced a Raphael masterpiece with hate filled graffiti. We reveal the censor responsible for putting fig leaves on penises, then gain access to the secret Vatican Archives to uncover the true story of the Knights Templar. We find out why a Vatican scientist took an Egyptian mummy to the hospital, then finally.. We examine a statue that depicts a man under attack by snakes to discover who he was and if he deserved such a horrible fate.
Online
2011
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The ROM [electronic resource]

We unwrap a tiny mummy to find out how an Egyptian baby died 2000 years ago, then test two theories about 12th Century Islamic pottery by smoking hashish and blowing things up. We tell the embarrassing tale of a dinosaur lost for decades within the museum's walls, then visit a hard-hat construction zone where curators piece bones together into the colossal skeleton of a Barosaurus. We field test a crossbow against a musket to find out which is the deadliest killing machine, then meet the great-great grandson of Sitting Bull, who uses spiritual means to discern whether the museum's prized Sioux headdress was ever worn by his illustrious ancestor. And finally, we examine the stuffed remains of a prize-winning bulldog to uncover a disturbing revelation about the dangers of unnatural sel [...]
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2011
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The Natural History Museum [electronic resource]

We examine a skull to discover if prehistoric Britons were cannibals, then pull a killer shark from a pool of formaldehyde to find out how it helped swimmers win Olympic gold. We dare a curator to handle a famous gem said to kill all who touch it, then enter a once top-secret room where WWII spymasters created a bomb that came within a hair's-breadth of killing Hitler. We view the remains of Barbary Lions to find out why they spent their lives in the Tower of London, then consider a perfectly preserved specimen of a Dodo, to discover whether the flightless bird's extinction was really as inevitable as we have been led to believe.
Online
2011
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The Met [electronic resource]

We examine the armor of Henry VIII to discover how he got so fat and crazy, then enter New York high-society to reveal how a nude sculpture led to a brutal murder. Inside a vast Egyptian temple, enclosed within the museum's walls, we search a secret chamber to discover why the temple's statues celebrate the foreign emperor who conquered the land of the Pharaohs. We touch the Holy Grail (or maybe not) to discover what gives religious relics their power, then discover how a museum curator invented modern body armor. And finally, in a lab equipped with the latest NASA technology, we discover how museum scientists use art to solve mysteries of the past and present.
Online
2011
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The Louvre [electronic resource]

We chase the brazen thief who stole the Mona Lisa to find out how she was recovered and how she became so famous, then scrutinize the official portrait of Napoleon's coronation to reveal a canvas of lies. We re-stage the jousting accident that killed a king to discover whether his head wound was inevitably fatal, then enter the turbulent life of a young artist to find out whether he was driven mad by sexual guilt or his attempts to paint a tragedy at sea. And finally, we probe a king's assassination to discover if the assailant was a lone knife-man or in league with an evil Queen.
Online
2011
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Cairo Museum [electronic resource]

We search for the lost tomb of Ramesses the Great, then, guided by a mummy's head wounds, we recreate the last moments of an ancient king to discover if he was a brave man or a coward. We visit the stomping grounds of Indiana Jones to discover how a poor Pharaoh amassed a hoard of gold to rival King Tut, then enter an underground animal necropolis to find out why ancient Egyptians mummified cats, baboons and falcons by the millions. We discover cryptic inscriptions on a pyramid's capstone that reveal the secret of the pyramid's spiritual power, and finally.. We enter the pyramid of King Khufu to search for his true likeness in a chamber from which we can spy a locked unopened door.
Online
2011
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Inside the Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul [electronic resource]

Once the palace of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire, Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul is a vast treasury of Islamic culture, science and weaponry. In this episode, at the foot of Istanbul's ancient walls we discover how a Muslim invader bested Christian defenders by using their superstitions against them. In the city's famed spice market we seek a poison to assassinate a Sultan, then in the Sultan's private residence we investigate how a Harem slave rose to rule an empire. On the sea at the museum's doorstep we discover how a Turkish admiral got his hands on the lost map of Christopher Columbus, then unearth a forgotten civilization that fought the mighty Pharaohs of Egypt to a draw. And finally, we test Islamic scientific theories to create a working model of the world's first robot.
Online
2012
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Inside the Pergamon and Neues Museums, Berlin [electronic resource]

On the famed "Museum Island" in the river that winds through Berlin are the Pergamon and Neues Museums which display some of the most spectacular objects from the ancient world. In this episode, we pit two skilled warriors against each other to discover why some Viking swords are more deadly than others. We compare an ancient Greek monument with Hitler's podium to discover the secret power of architecture, and then decipher the code embossed on a golden hat that reveals a Bronze Age wizard. We gaze at the incomparable bust of Nefertiti with an historian who believes her beauty secret was more than skin deep, then find out how easy it is to make stone statues explode but how hard it is to put the pieces back together. And finally, we find out why the art the Nazis hated is now display [...]
Online
2012
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Inside the National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City [electronic resource]: .

This impressive modern museum, visited by 2 million people every year, tells the story of Mexico from before the Aztec civilization to the Spanish conquest. In this episode, a chemical engineer and some Mexican athletes help us discover whether the rubber ball used on the ancient Aztec playing field contained a human skull. We dive into a watery cave to discover the Mayan path to the afterlife, and then investigate the power of a crystal skull to reveal the secrets of the dead. We pilot an ancient canoe through Aztec canals to discover why modern Mexico City is sinking, and then discover how a valiant gladiator defeated a score of Aztec warriors armed with the world's sharpest swords. And finally, we discover how a dress worn by the most notorious woman in Mexican history led to a ma [...]
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2012
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Inside the Kunshistorisches Museum, Vienna [electronic resource]

The Kunsthistorisches Museum is a treasury of antiquities and weaponry collected by the royal family known as the Habsburgs - a dynasty that ruled much of Europe for 500 years. In this episode, we visit the crypt that entombs many generations of the Habsburg royal family, then meet a geneticist who is attempting to discover how inbreeding led to their demise. We go hunting with falcons to discover how one Habsburg emperor's hobby laid the foundation for modern science, then recreate the alchemical experiment that led another emperor to believe that silver could be transmuted into gold. While learning the proper way to do the Viennese waltz, we discover how a dance craze impacted European history, then recreate a strange piece of ancient armor to find out how and why it was designed t [...]
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2012
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Inside the Imperial War Museum [electronic resource]

The Imperial War Museum tells the story of Britain at war, from World War One to the present, through a collection of 10 million items - from guns to planes to medals to cyanide pills - at five locations in England visited by over 2 million people every year. In this episode, we descend into Churchill's top-secret underground bunker to discover why he was an irreplaceable leader. We find out how a London housewife became a spy who withstood horrific Nazi torture to protect a vital secret, and then we take cover in a World War One trench as we reveal the story of a Nobel Prize-winning physicist whose discovery turned the tide of the war. We meet an aging cold war warrior who exposes dark truths about atomic weapons hidden from the British people for 50 years, then fly above Iraq with [...]
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2012
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Inside the American Museum of Natural History [electronic resource]

From dinosaurs to meteorites to the origins of the human species, the American Museum of Natural History houses 32 million objects. In this episode, we meet an American farm boy whose love for Africa changed the image of African wildlife from scary to noble. We witness the mating rituals of a 400 million year old crab species whose unique blood harbors secrets crucial to modern medicine, then crack open a dinosaur egg to uncover a clue that overturns a long held misconception about a supposedly murderous species. We run a relay race through Manhattan to investigate whether Inca knotted strings were capable of carrying encrypted messages, then blast off on a space mission to bring back comet dust that may hold the secret of how life began on Earth. And finally, we follow museum explor [...]
Online
2012