With the success of the “Night at the Museum” movies, the Travel Channel developed what is now known as its “Mysteries at the Museum” TV series about “extraordinary and often bizarre treasures housed in America’s museums.” While the show’s star Don Wildman – who also hosted “Off Limits” and “Weird Travels” – likes to point to the educational side of the very strange artifacts featured on this show that first aired back in 2010; its aim is to showcase the truly weird that’s more likely found in museum’s back rooms than out on exhibit. Moreover, the show likes to punch the lights out of viewers with lots of surprises; while viewers say "who knew such cool things are found in museums?"
For example, fans write on Twitter how “Mysteries at the Museum is just crazy with the gross-out factor, but fun to watch.”
Museum show features what’s “not on exhibit”
The Travel Channel spotlights tonight’s new episode of "Mysteries at the Museum" with a sneak peak at some very weird “plaster casts of the original Siamese twins” that are Chang and Eng Bunker who fathered a total of 21 children back in mid-19th century America. This new episode airs at 9/8c.
Today, the Bunker’s descendants number more than 1,500, according to a biography at the Smithsonian’s American History Museum.
Moreover, this Sept. 4 double-feature airing of “Mysteries at the Museum” also features – in the first new episode that airs at 9/8c - a wearable computer used in a gaming scheme, a bizarre weapon of that’s controlled by pigeons, and a custom-made suit of armor that helped perpetuate what the show calls “the longest street battles in America.”
In turn, the second episode of Mysteries at the Museum – that airs at 8/7c – is a repeat that features host Wildman visiting the “International Spy Museum” in Washington, D.C., where the show's host finds what he calls “an inconspicuous, yet exceedingly sinister weapon.”
Also, in keeping with the show’s credo to “stay weird,” Wildman checks out a faded sheet of parchment at the Massachusetts Historical Society that represents an attempt to save the life of a woman. However, who the woman is and what happened to her is the rest of the story that's aimed to keep viewers guessing.
Museum mystery show likes to keep the weird coming
While most people who visit museums around the country would be hard-pressed to find the same obscure stuff that host Don Wildman seems to come up with during each and every episode of “Mysteries at the Museum,” the show still has that “Night at the Museum” sort of surprise factor that fans of this series of movies seem to enjoy.
For instance, one fan wrote on Twitter that “what really gives me that ‘up-ohhh’ moment is this stuff that’s right under our noses at various museums; and we’ve never heard about it?” Granted, most people don’t have time to visit museums these days, so the Travel Channel is making it easy for viewers with this show. But, would someone really want to view “36 perfectly preserved corpses that someone neglected to mention,” as is pitched for tonight’s new episode of Mysteries at the Museum?
At the same time, this Sept. 4 episode of the show also features deep-sea creatures that the show’s website claims “have to be seen to be believed.”
Overall, this PG-rated reality TV show is much more than just “Mysteries at the Museum,” it’s a “transfusion for the mind,” writes one fan on Twitter, “with old forgotten things in museums offered as proof that our world is even crazier than we thought.”
Image source of The Bunkers in their later years. Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum” highlights such unusual things as plaster casts of the original Siamese twins: Chang and Eng Bunker. Photo courtesy Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chang_and_Eng_Bunker