Photos from the #MuseumSecrets Viewing Party

Photos from the #MuseumSecrets Viewing Party

Posted by on Mar 21, 2012 | 2 Comments

On March 1st we hosted several dozen bloggers in Toronto to watch Museum Secrets: Inside the Pergamon and Neues Museums, Berlin. Guests were treated to a Viking sword fight demonstration to wet their appetites for the upcoming episode, and then played trivia to test their knowledge of the show.

As viewers watched on History Television, they tweeted. The event caused quite a stir, with viewers and event guests generating hundreds of tweets with the #MuseumSecrets hashtag  - A testament to our growing online community.

Can you find poison that kills in a modern day Istanbul market?

Can you find poison that kills in a modern day Istanbul market?

Posted by on Mar 14, 2012 | No Comments

During the Ottoman Empire, no fewer than 19 Sultans were assassinated.  So when the Sultans slept in Topkapi Palace, he was inclined to keep one eye open.  Everyone around him was a potential enemy – a traitorous vizier, a jealous wife, or an ambitious son could all have a motive to kill them.  Join crime novelist – and expert in all things Sultan – Jason Goodwin, as he takes us on a tour of Istanbul’s ancient spice market, in search of a poison fit to kill a Sultan.

Watch Museum Secrets: Inside the Topkapi Palace Museum on History Television this Thursday at 10 PM to find out why so many Sultans were murdered and what the perfect way to murder them was.

Director’s Secrets: Challenges of Filming The Wall Around Topkapi Palace

Director’s Secrets: Challenges of Filming The Wall Around Topkapi Palace

Posted by on Mar 13, 2012 | No Comments

How did a young Muslim Sultan named Mehmet breech a wall that had kept invaders out of the city for more than a thousand years?  What tactics and technology turned the tide in Mehmet’s favour? – All will be revealed on Museum Secrets: Inside the Topkapi Palace Museum.

Join episode director Peter Findlay as he tells secrets about the challenges of shooting the once impenetrable wall around Topkapi Palace. Be sure to watch our latest video to get a behind the scenes perspective on the episode that airs this Thursday.

Discover An Amazing Way to Explore Istanbul

Discover An Amazing Way to Explore Istanbul

Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 | No Comments

For centuries, Istanbul has been Europe’s cultural crossroads between East and West. Today, it’s a cosmopolitan city of more than 13 million people who represent cultures and religions from all over Asia, Europe and the Middle East.  During the inaugural festival of ‘Istancool” in 2010, Istanbul was named the ‘European Capital of Culture,’ for its commitment to preserving – and celebrating – the architecture and historical influences of the Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern eras in the city.

Watch our video with director Peter Findlay as he shows you a great way to explore Istanbul.

Join us this week to learn the secrets of the Ottoman Empire, on Museum Secrets: Inside The Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul.

Behind the Scenes on the Falconry Shoot

Behind the Scenes on the Falconry Shoot

Posted by on Mar 7, 2012 | No Comments

How did an emperor’s love for falconry help him win a crusade? And how did it help bring Europe out of the Dark Ages?

Join our Producer Stephen Milton as he takes us behind the scenes on our shoot with a master falconer and his birds of prey. This was an exciting shoot with some unexpected surprises and you can see the exciting results in our upcoming episode Inside the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.

Video: Exploring a Living Museum, The Berlin Wall

Video: Exploring a Living Museum, The Berlin Wall

Posted by on Mar 2, 2012 | No Comments

Director David Langer explores The Berlin Wall, renowned for its historical significance and present day mural art. We shot this video while we were working on our episode of Museum Secrets in Berlin. Catch Museum Secrets: Inside the Pergamon and Neues Museums, Berlin, to discover the allure of Nefertiti, the power of the Pergamon altar and Viking sword fighting techniques.

Video: Viking Swords Put to the Test in Berlin

Video: Viking Swords Put to the Test in Berlin

Posted by on Feb 28, 2012 | No Comments

In the words of an epic Viking tale, “Who can separate a man and his sword? One is worth nothing without the other.”

At the Neues Museum in Berlin, there’s a special Viking sword with the Ulfberht name etched onto it. Between 850 to 1100 AD Vikings used to purchase these Ulfberht blades from master sword smiths in West Germany – but if they were not careful, they could wind up with a fake. A fake sword would shatter in combat and mean certain death on the battlefield. How exactly a Viking warrior could tell a real sword from a fake is our Museum Secret.

#MuseumSecrets Viewing Party, Twitter Chat

#MuseumSecrets Viewing Party, Twitter Chat

Posted by on Feb 22, 2012 | No Comments

On March 1st at 10 PM, watch History Television Canada and join us on twitter while watching our latest episode, Museum Secrets: Inside the Pergamon and Neues Museums, Berlin.

Tattoos Reveal More About An Ancient Civilization

Tattoos Reveal More About An Ancient Civilization

Posted by on Feb 16, 2012 | No Comments

If you missed it the first time, you can watch a rerun of the season’s opening show, Museum Secrets: Inside the State Hermitage Museum tonight at 10 PM on History Television.

Before you watch, check out our behind the scenes vlog with Museum Secrets researcher Karen Dougherty as she works on our story about the Scythian Mummies at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.

Get Your Head in the Game with a Mayan Extreme Sport

Get Your Head in the Game with a Mayan Extreme Sport

Posted by on Feb 9, 2012 | No Comments

Most people are familiar with the phrase “take one for the team” but when it came to games in ancient Mexico, they weren’t kidding. Join Museum Secrets as we give you a front row seat to the ancient Mayan sport of poc ta poc – a game that could literally cost you your head.

Watch our latest vlog with Director Rebecca Snow, during the filming of this story.