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 secret to be revealed — tales brimming with scandal, mystery, murder and intrigue. Whether a diary from an Arctic exploration, a stone giant thought to be the remnant of a race of enormous people or a futuristic house that almost changed the world, iconic museum artifacts help us un-cover who we are and what we've become.
Each hour of this series takes 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 series casts its net wide, exploring the corners and back rooms of institutions dedicated to a variety of popular and entertaining subjects — invisible spies, cold-blooded assassins, dinosaurs, the paranormal, the Old West, the Cold War and more. We tackle some of history's most enduring mysteries — both familiar tales and little-known episodes that have never been told before on television.
Located in the center of Stockholm, Sweden is Norrmalmstorg Square, an elegant plaza known for its high-end shops. Yet this fashionable spot was also the site of terrifying heist that gave rise to a new psychological phenomenon. Boynton Beach, Florida is home to a small granite monument that memorializes the Cuban Missile Crisis. Unbeknownst to many, the near catastrophic war could've ended very differently were it not for the courage of a little known Russian. And near the state capitol building in Richmond, Virginia stands a life-sized bronze statue of a teen activist who led a quiet fight for equal education rights.
Host Don Wildman heads to sunny Pasadena to explore the mysterious death of renowned scientist, investigate the murder of gaudy heir and his celebrity wife, and probe the true story behind one of Mt. Everest's deadliest disasters.