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Published on Jan 19, 2012
Founded by Catherine the Great, the Hermitage is one of the world's oldest and largest museums boasting three million treasures of art and antiquity, and visited by over two million people every year.
Inside the Hermitage, we shine infra-red light on blackened mummies to reveal the strange tattoos of an ancient race, then visit a chamber of horrors to investigate why Peter the Great had a penchant for the macabre. We enter the private chambers of Catherine the Great to discover a device she used to improve her sex life. (No, it's not one of those!) We reexamine the physical evidence of Rasputin's murder to uncover his real killer's surprising identity, then meet aged curators who risked their lives to save the museum's treasures from Hitler's bombs. And finally, in a gallery devoted to famous paintings, we unveil a small square canvas painted completely black. We reveal why dictator Joseph Stalin hated the black square, and why today it is worth a million dollars.
MUSEUM SECRETS is a hit TV series and rich media website that travels to the world's extraordinary museums, revealing the stories of irreplaceable treasures, probing familiar legends and assumptions, and using cutting edge research and technology to investigate the unknown. The series is produced by Kensington Communications Inc. for History (Canada) and is narrated by acclaimed actor, Colm Feore.