Season Eight of “Mysteries at the Museum” Illuminates Hidden Treasures

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31 March 2015
Mysteries at the Museum
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"Mysteries at the Museum"
Season Eight Premieres Friday, April 3 at 9:00 p.m. on Travel Channel

           Host Don Wildman scours the world’s greatest institutions, unearthing extraordinary relics that reveal the secrets from the past.  From preeminent museums to unexplored archives, Wildman delves into extraordinary tales of intrigue, daring and wonder.

           At the San Diego Air & Space Museum is an innovative writing instrument that was rumored to have saved the first manned mission to the moon; the King Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester, England has as its centerpiece a simple plot of earth that was the site of a discovery that rewrote history; and the Hermitage in Nashville, Tenn. is home to a wooden cane that was used by a U.S. president to ward off a devious and unprecedented attack. These are among the fascinating objects and displays that speak to the world’s most amazing events and achievements.  

          Through compelling interviews, rarely seen archival footage and enthralling recreations, Season Eight of “Mysteries at the Museum” illuminates the hidden treasures at the heart of history’s most incredible triumphs, sensational crimes and bizarre encounters. [Hour-long episodes]
Friday, April 3 
9:00 p.m.
“The Invention of Cellophane, The Eruption of Mt. Edgecumbe, The King in the Parking Lot”
Host Don Wildman examines a transparent roll of film that revolutionized the retail industry, a jacket that belonged to a prankster with an explosive sense of humor and an unconventional excavation puts a 500-year-old mystery to rest.
Friday, April 10  
9:00 p.m.
“Invention of the Mile High Club, The Attempted Assassination of Andrew Jackson, Zip to Zap”
Host Don Wildman examines an aeronautical device with an infamous claim to fame, a cane that thwarted a presidential assassin and a souvenir t-shirt from an outlandish event that became an all-out rampage.
Friday, April 17  
9:00 p.m.
“Opera Riot, Golfer Behind Enemy Lines, The Great Mail Train Robbery”
Host Don Wildman examines a copy of a play that sparked one of the biggest riots in New York City history, a monocular used by a soldier who made a daring and unusual escape from behind enemy lines and a wrapper from a product so pungent that it sparked an interstate postal feud.
Friday, April  24
9:00 p.m.
“Stolen Strad, Fall From Space, Czech Dream”
Host Don Wildman examines a concert program that marks one of the most infamous nights in the history of a prestigious music venue, a space capsule used by a heroic astronaut during a harrowing mission and a DVD from an unusual film that blurred the lines between fact and fiction.
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