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The millions of tourists who visit the Smithsonian Museum each year see a number of exhibits that are enough to impress most people. But there's a secret vault at the museum that houses some of the coolest stuff in the Smithsonian's collection. These hidden storerooms aren't meant to be seen by the general public, but in this series, host Xavier Carnegie -- the creative director at the National Museum of American History -- gives some unsuspecting Smithsonian guests the opportunity to enter those vaults to witness hidden gems firsthand. Others may be whisked away on a trip to explore America. All the visitors have to do to earn these once-in-a-lifetime experiences is answer some trivia questions that Carnegie asks them.

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How ancient and modern tools have shaped our world.
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The objects of American legends; Lincoln's personal belongings; a Ford Model T; Ali's boxing robe.
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Lindberg's plane; a Gold Rush nugget; Computer Age firsts.
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Playing with pandas; Edison's first bulbs; the land of the Sitting Bull.
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The original Wright Flyer; the electrical generator; comic books; Lewis & Clarke's compass.

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Every year millions of people visit Washington, D.C., and the Smithsonian Institution, which includes the National Air and Space Museum and the National Portrait Gallery among the sections of the multifaceted complex, but they don't see everything there is to see. In this series, actor Tom Cavanaugh takes viewers behind the scenes of the tourist attractions and into the private rooms, high-tech vaults and cutting-edge research labs that aren't part of the museums' regular tours. Cavanaugh reveals artifacts and rarely seen treasures that visitors miss. The show discusses each object's origin, how it is being preserved and studied, and what each thing might tell us.
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