Friday, December 3, 2010

Museum Mysteries

Hi Readers: Here, as promised, is the next volume in the Travel Channels' Tuesday night show, Mysteries at the Museum.

Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum: Inside a giant airplane hangar at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, there’s a flying machine whose size and reputation dwarfs all others, but this one of a kind aircraft never flew a single mission. In fact, many believed it couldn’t fly at all. So why was the “Spruce Goose” even built?

The Field Museum of Natural History: The star attraction at Chicago, Field Museum is a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton named “Sue”. It is the largest most complete T-Rex skeleton ever found, and this makes Sue the key piece of evidence in unraveling a mystery that has baffled scientists since the very first T-Rex fossil was discovered in 1902… What was life like for the world’s largest prehistoric predator?

William McKinley Presidential Museum: The William McKinley Presidential Museum houses a nightshirt once worn by McKinley that bears a a tear down the back. How did this tear come to be? The answers lie within the mystery of President McKinley’s final moments – a tragic demise that changed the history of the Presidency.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of Art: Hanging amid fantastic works of art by Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Matisse and numerous others at this museum, are four empty picture frames. These frames hang as symbolic reminder of a shocking crime, and a 20 year old hunt to find out who was behind the biggest art heist in US history.

Johnstown Flood Museum: At a Pennsylvanian museum that’s dedicated to preserving the city’s rich cultural heritage, a 19th century brass pocket watch actually holds one of the Nations’ most unforgettable stories. It all begins with the time frozen on the watch’s face- a time that changed America forever.

Strong National Museum of Play: Not far from the shores of Lake Ontario in Rochester, New York, a museum is dedicated solely to the study of play, and one item here was actually an accidental byproduct of America’s involvement in a global war. Can you guess what childhood favorite this could be?

Find out the answers to these questions and more by tuning-in to Mysteries at the Museum Tuesday at 9 E/P on Travel Channel. Enjoy the show, and secrets that will be revealed.


E.J. Wesley said...

Visited the Field Museum for the first time this year and had a blast!

Joyce Elson Moore said...

E. J. I've never been there but would love to go. Thanks for stopping by.

Jacqueline Seewald said...


These are wonderful! I'd love to see the "Spruce Goose." Howard Hughes was such a colorful, eccentric character. History is fascinating. Real life mysteries are more intriguing than anything we could imagine.

Joyce Elson Moore said...

I'd like to visit all these museums. When I'm away from home I seek them out, and have found some wonderful tidbits in museums that I use later in my stories, like a medieval-era woman's comb that had a thin piece of tin (or some metal) on one side, where you'd hold the comb. It was her mirror. Thanks for stopping by.

Toni V.S. said...

I've heard of the Spruce Goose and of "Sue" of course. That famous T-Rex was also featured in one of Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden novels. On the cover and in the story, where Harry rode the reanimated fossil through downtown Chicago!

Mona Risk said...

What a interesting post, Joyce. I visited the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago but not the others