Stories From the Vaults

  • 2007
  • 2 Seasons
  • TV-G

A tour of Smithsonian artifacts that are stored in vaults and private rooms.

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These Bugs have a Taste for Decaying Flesh

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Look out! These insects are hard at work. They've munched through Smithsonian specimens for over 70 years. From: STORIES FROM THE VAULTS: Life After Death http://bit.ly/26xQxST

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What's behind the Nation's Socks?
00:55 — At the National Condom Collection, Smithsonian curators trace the history of contraception from intestines to latex. From: STORIES FROM THE VAULTS: S (more…)
Evade Your Enemies on the Open Seas
04:02 — Russell Crowe's character in Master and Commander was based on a real-life captain whose smarts and trickery surpassed the Hollywood version. From: T (more…)
CT Scan Unveils the Inner Design of a Stradivarius
02:39 — Curators use modern medical technology to examine these priceless instruments. From the Series: Stories From the Vaults: Superlatives! http://bit.ly/ (more…)
Coffee Break
03:08 — Coffee - it's a staple of American life, and inside the vaults of the National Museum of American History, they know the secret to its wide spread suc (more…)
Cooking with the Smithsonian
02:47 — Look out, Tom's in the kitchen and he's cooking with gas. From: STORIES FROM THE VAULTS: Let's Eat http://bit.ly/1k2h32J
Surgery on the High Seas
04:07 — Gruesome and painful surgery on board a 19th century warship was common. The medical historian who rehearsed actors from Master and Commander demonstr (more…)
Why Panama Holds a Major Key to Our Biodiversity
02:01 — On Barro Colorado Island in the Panama Canal, Smithsonian researchers set the gold standard for tropical fieldwork. From: STORIES FROM THE VAULTS: Na (more…)
This Mesmerizing Instrument Plays Mozart Beautifully
02:06 — At the Music Division of the National Museum of American History, conservation doesn't mean restoring priceless instruments, it means making music.
The Crime of the Century
02:06 — Famous architect Stanford White commissioned scandalous portraits of Evelyn Nesbit, driving her husband Harry Thaw to murder. From: STORIES FROM THE (more…)
You've Never Seen Sculptures Like Lick and Lather Before
03:25 — When artists use unorthodox materials, the Smithsonian's art conservators have to get creative.
What Killed This Unique Beached Whale?
02:26 — Long after its death, the remains of a beached whale provide life lessons for scientists. From: STORIES FROM THE VAULTS: Life After Death http://bit. (more…)
Laughter in the Vaults
06:19 — Phyllis Diller was the first American woman to have a successful career as a stand-up comic, and the secrets to her success are now a part of the Nati (more…)
The Spectacular New York World's Fair of 1939
01:15 — Cigarette-smoking robots and super highways were just a few of the futuristic new inventions presented at the 1939 New York World's Fair.
What These Crabs Can Teach Us About Sex
01:51 — Fiddler crabs in Panama care more about safety than claw size when choosing a mate. From: STORIES FROM THE VAULTS: Sex 101 http://bit.ly/199N9nN
The Teddy Roosevelt You May Not Know
02:08 — Our 26th President was not just a politician. He was also a hunter, conservationist and museum curator. And today, Teddy's collection of specimens is (more…)
How the Priceless Hope Diamond Traveled Through USPS
02:10 — See Tom Cavanagh explain how the Hope Diamond came to the Smithsonian Institution.
The Most Essential Piece of Astronaut Gear
02:06 — These babies provide oxygen, shelter, even a bathroom! From the Series: Stories From The Vaults: No Place like Home http://bit.ly/2s2vrza
Here's How to Take Your Home With You
01:10 — An unconventional home for unconventional folks. From the Series: Stories From the Vault: No Place Like Home http://bit.ly/2jO6nu5
Stories from the Vaults Season 1
Ever wonder what's hiding behind the scenes of America's most renowned museum complex? Find out as host Tom Cavanagh ("Ed") takes you on an entertaini (more…)
Stories from the Vaults Season 1
Ever wonder what's hiding behind the scenes of America's most renowned museum complex? Find out as host Tom Cavanagh ("Ed") takes you on an entertaini (more…)
Stories from the Vaults Season 2
Ever wonder what's hiding behind the scenes of America's most renowned museum complex? Find out as host Tom Cavanagh ("Ed") takes you on an entertaini (more…)
Stories from the Vaults Season 2
Ever wonder what's hiding behind the scenes of America's most renowned museum complex? Find out as host Tom Cavanagh ("Ed") takes you on an entertaini (more…)

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