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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.


  • Museum Secrets: The MET
  • Museum Secrets: The ROM
  • Museum Secrets: Natural History Museum
    We examine a skull to discover if prehistoric Britains 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.
  • Museum Secrets: The Louvre
    Museum Secrets chases the brazen thief who stole the Mona Lisa to find out how she was recovered and how she became so famous.
  • Museum Secrets: Vatican Museums
  • Museum Secrets: Egyptian Museum
    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.
  • Museum Secrets: National Archeological Museum of Athens
    Greek ships ram invaders, a dodgy archeologist discovers a golden mask, Alexander the Great sports armour made of cloth, Plato gets high, daredevils descend into a labyrinth, and an ancient gadget predicts the future.
  • Museum Secrets: National Archaeological Museum of Athens
    Greek ships ram invaders, a dodgy archeologist discovers a golden mask, Alexander the Great sports armour made of cloth, Plato gets high, daredevils descend into a labyrinth, and an ancient gadget predicts the future.
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  • Museum Secrets: State Hermitage Museum
    Ancient mummies sport tattoos, Peter the Great pickles dead babies, technology improves Catherine the Great’s sex life, reexamined evidence reveals who really killed Rasputin, curators hide treasures from Hitler, and Stalin’s least favourite painting sells for a million dollars.
  • Museum Secrets: American Museum of Natural History
  • Museum Secrets: Imperial War Museum
  • Museum Secrets: National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
  • Museum Secrets: The Pergamon and Neues Museums, Berlin
  • Museum Secrets: The Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
  • Museum Secrets: Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul
  • Museum Secrets: Royal Palace (Madrid)
  • Museum Secrets: Israel Museum (Jerusalem)
  • Museum Secrets: Uffizi Gallery (Florence)
  • Museum Secrets: State Historical Museum (Moscow)
  • Museum Secrets: Smithsonian Institution (Washington DC)
  • Museum Secrets: Chateau Versailles (Versailles)
  • Museum Secrets: The Royal Museums (Greenwich)
  • Museum Secrets: Bardo Museum (Tunisia)