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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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Host Tom Cavanagh explores Panama and its biological diversity.
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The Central American nation of Panama.
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The treasures, secret symbols and coded messages found at the Smithsonian Institution.
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Tom Cavanagh cooks authentic dishes at the Mitsitam Cafe.
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Evidence of life after death.
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Discover the true nature of beauty in various collections of the good, the bad and the ugly.
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An insider's look at the homes of various cultures and species and how they've differed throughout history.
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A behind the scenes look at the place that houses 151 million objects.
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A look at some donations to the museum by famous people such as, John Steinbeck, Teddy Roosevelt and Phyllis Diller.
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Host Tom Cavanagh explores sexuality and reproduction.

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